Expeditions, Navigation, Guided Walks and Trekking
Not far from our house and within easy strolling distance is Doffcocker Lodge. In this part of the world a lodge is where water is “lodged”, usually for use in a mill or factory.
Doffcocker is an old village on the outskirts of Bolton. It was an important stop on the turnpike to Preston. According to Wikipedia, the odd name is believed to be formed from the Celtic dubh meaning dark or black, and cocr meaning a winding stream, giving “dark winding stream”. Another (unlikely but amusing) version is that it was named after a Scotsman who was passing through the area and had to cross the stream. Its waters were exceptionally high following heavy rain, so to keep his stockings (cockers, as they were known in Scotland) dry the man was obliged to “doff” them.
A similar version appears in an old book 
In the 18th century, the village grew with the building of three mills and the water works that accompanied this. This small lodge was built in 1874 capturing the water from the “dark winding stream”.
Doffcocker Lodge and is now a nature reserve, home of semi-feral geese, Mute Swans, Black Headed Gulls, Moorhens, Coots and Mallards. More interesting are the Greater Crested Grebe and Goosander we saw today. The reed beds are a good hide for grasshopper warbler, willow warbler, reed bunting and reed warbler. These take some spotting and identification and were, of course, not yet here on this overcast February day.