Sunday, 27th December 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Knott End-on-Sea, Preesall, Pilling Ridge & Old Ridge, Fluke Hall and Morecambe Bay
Start Point: Slip way Car Park, Knott End on Sea Grid Reference: SD 346 484
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: 400 feet
Time: 4.75 hours    
Weather: Rather cold with a chill wind, but with some sunny spells and a few light rain showers
Comments: Our group of 12 set off past the Ferry Terminal at Fleetwood on the other side of the river, and along the Wyre Estuary where we could see the dense smoke from a warehouse fire that had closed some roads in Fleetwood. The golf course was deserted due to the still laying snow and some very icy stretches as we passed Hackensall Hall and Cotes Walls Farm, as shown on a wall at the farm. However the OS Map says it is Coat Walls? At several points around this area, Canatxx have signs exerting their authority, but at least all the footpaths are intact. A feature of the walk was the numbers of Geese in the fields and in the air as we headed to Preesall and then passing a series of farms over some good tracts and some very wet fields, to Pilling Ridge and Old Ridge for a lunch stop in the sunshine, and in the shelter of some old ruins. Wonder what they were? It was then past Fluke Hall where we came on to the Embankment along Morecambe Bay. At least we had seen the last of the wet muddy fields, but it was rather bleak with a keen wind coming across the sea from the North as we headed back to Knott End. An enjoyable walk that had worked of some of the excess calories from the festive celebrations.

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Ready for the off

 

Warehouse fire at Fleetwood

 

Ferry ready to leave for Ireland

 

Icy round Hackensall Hall

 

No golf today

 

More ice on Wyre Way

 

Canatxx - at least the footpaths are open

 

Approaching . . .

 

Cote Walls Farm, OS map says 'Coat' . . .

 

and we leave . . .

 

along another icy track

 

Geese are everywhere

 

Coffee break at Town Foot, Preesall

 

Beacon Fell from back of Preesall School

 

Small windmill on Gaulters Lane

 

Muddy field as we leave Baubles Farm

 

Swan upping and downing!

 

Flocks of birds are disturbed . . .

 

as we have lunch at Old Ridge

 

More geese take off

 

Still some ice on the pond

 

Reflection and blue sky along Pilling Ridge

 

Last muddy field . . .

 

past Fluke Hall . . .

 

to the embankment, and looking towards Heysham

 

We regroup as Anne changes her socks

 

It is a bit bleak as we head back . . .

 

to Knott End

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