Chartley Moss is not often visited. It is a floating bog - and in the wrong weather walkers could quickly find themselves in danger of suddenly sinking. It’s all private land anyway.
It’s a shock when you do get there. The pines that were planted there a hundred years ago sank under their own weight down through the nine-foot thick peat bed and into the lake below – and then their roots simply drowned. Curiously, as the pines die they get lighter and ‘re-ascend’ – creating this spooky landscape of spiky dead trees.
Natural England do occasional tours of the site; and you have to sign up for them in advance.