- West Lancashire Coastal Plain
The West Lancashire Coastal
Plainis a large area in the south west of Lancashire, England.
The plain stretches from Seaforth, near
Liverpoolon the Mersey, to the south, to Prestonon the Ribble, to the north. To the east, the plain is bounded by the foothills of the Pennines, while the western edge of the plain is separated from the sea by sand dunes. It is very flat, and much of it is only a few metres above sea level.
The terrain is mostly glacial in origin. The area has been inhabited since
neolithictimes, though large areas would have been marshy. The WWT Martin Merenear the villages of Holmeswoodand Tarlscough gives a glimpse of what this area was like before reclamation. The Rivers Mersey, Alt and Ribble feed into the plain and the flood plainsadd to the flatness.
Large areas have been reclaimed and have a distinctive pattern of rectangular fields of dark
peaty soil with deep drainage ditches. It is common to find the suffix " Moss" in the names of local places. As is usual in these types of areas, the settlements tend to be on any available hill, many formed by sandstoneoutcrops. The land is fertile and agriculturally very productive. Vegetablecrops include potatoes, carrots, cabbages, brussels sprouts and onions.
market townfor this area was Ormskirk. The Leeds and Liverpool Canalcrosses the plain and, in summer, is used for irrigation, bringing water from the Pennines.Fact|date=October 2008 The Trans Pennine Trailstarts in Southportand crosses the plain following the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railwayto Aintree, before continuing towards Manchesterand Hull.
* [http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/commondata/acrobat/glossy3_1388107.pdf Environment Agency] , accessed 21 February 2007
* [http://www.visitlancashire.com/site/guide-to-lancashire/explore-the-region/west-lancashire Exploring West Lancashire] , accessed 21 February 2007
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