Sunday, 20th December 2009

             

            

 

Walk: St Michaels Church, Pattys Farm. Bank End Farm, Cockerham Sands Caravan Park, Cockersands Abbey, Chapel Hill, Glasson Dock canal link, Thurnham Church, Cock Hall Farm, Batty Hill and Cockerham. Cockerham means homestead adjoining the River Cocker.
Start Point: Cockerham Village Hall Grid Reference: SD 465 520
Distance: 9.25 miles Ascent: 208 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Cold (around zero C), a very stiff sea breeze on the coast with a slight breeze inland. Some hail and sleet showers on top of a dusting of previous snow.
Some sunny intervals with snow laden skies creating twilight conditions at 14.00 hours but brightening later.
Comments: Seven people joined Sheila at Cockerham Village Hall. This was after following a gritting wagon on treacherous roads for a few miles. Leaving the village hall the group headed for Patty's Farm. Here you could learn to Parachute. Tents for an over night stay were provided but due to the cold and snow covering the tents none of the group took up the offer. The path is at the end of the building with a mural of parachutists. Leaving Patty's Farm the party emerged on to the Lancashire Coastal Way and Cockerham Sands. The sands are part of the River Lune Estuary. Although bright and a bit breezy it was rather cold, in fact a too cold to stop for a coffee break. However, our leader being ever so resourceful, was able cadge the use of the laundrette at Cockerham Sands Caravan Park. So, all eight of the group took shelter and partook of coffee accompanied by the heat and humming of washing machines. Reluctantly leaving the washing machines behind, the group followed the Lancashire Coastal Way towards the Chapter House, Cockersands Abbey. By this time the tide was being pushed in by a very strong breeze and the walkers had to lean sideways into the wind in order to make progress. The Chapter House of Cockersands Abbey which is in a very exposed place, virtually on the sea shore, is of 13th century construction. At Plover Scar a lifeboat could be seen speeding out of the River Lune on its way into Morecambe Bay. Leaving the Coastal Way at Crook Farm the group were surprised to find that once inland a few yards the wind was not nearly as severe and that it was quite pleasant walking on frozen mud towards Glasson. Fortunately the sun shone and two road side benches in a sheltered area provided a resting place for lunch. After lunch, the leader took the party to the canal that links Glasson Dock to the Lancaster Canal. On the way Glasson Marina could be seen, with boats sitting in the icy water. Glasson Dock is still active and allows shipping access to the sea via the Lune Estuary. Near to Thurnham Hall Sheila steered the group across the canal to St Thomas and St Elizabeth RC Church, Thurnham. At this time there were dark clouds above and hail showers below. It was also a little dark as the group made for Cock Hall Farm. Incidentally it would appear that the path as been diverted at Cock Hall, to exit the farm yard on the West rather than the South. By the time the group had arrived at Batty Hill the sun was shining again and on arriving back at Cockerham it was found that the roads were now clear of snow and ice. A nice walk in spite of the weather and plenty of good humour on the way.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Cockerham Church from the start point . . .

 

and again from a cloder vantage point

 

Cockerham to Pilling Road

 

Dorothy crosses the bridge . . .

 

followed by Brenda

 

Harris End Fell in the distance

 

Joining the Lancashire Coastal Way

 

A bleak Cockerham Marsh

 

Icy road! - use the grass

 

Snow on the sand banks of the Lune

 

Coffee in a laundrette

 

Sun rays over Pilling

 

A lifeboat approaching Plover Point light

 

Lunch in the sun

 

Glasson Marina

 

Joining the Glasson Canal link . . .

 

which has its winter clothes on

 

A hail shower on the link . . .

 

and a cold-looking lock

 

Leaving Thurnham Church

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