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Sand deposits can be found round Rishton. The sand was dug locally for various purposes and large supplies were available in most low-lying areas. The glacial sands are, however, not always sufficiently clean for building and cement work, and considerable discretion is necessary in using them.

Sand on Reservoir February 2009
 

It is still possible to see the sand deposits in Rishton, a walk round the reservoir to the Western bank will reveal a clean sandy beach, ideal for sunbathing on!!!

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