Wednesday, 4th March 2009

             

            

 

Walk: New Heys Farm, Knott End Promenade, Ferry Slipway, Knott End Golf Course, Hackensall Hall, Barnaby Sands and Fern Hill Farm
Start Point: Saracens Head PH, Preesall Grid Reference: SD 367470
Distance: 5.8 miles Ascent: Level
Time: 2.75 hours    
Weather: Hail at the start followed by sunny intervals and some blue sky
Comments: Before the start of the walk some people had driven through snow and hail showers on treacherous roads to reach the Saracens Head PH. Assembling in a hail shower our leader, Joan, informed us of the proposed route. Hailstone was still falling as twenty eight of us headed north to the line of an old railway. We followed this route, eventually passing through trees to arrive at Hackensall Road where we turned towards the sea. By this time the sun was shining and the Palm trees on the Esplanade didnít look as out of places as they would have done, covered in hail, thirty minutes earlier. We then strolled along Knott End Esplanade to the ferry slipway, passing the Bourne Arms on the way. Making use of the seats around the Ferry Terminal we took time out for coffee and admired the view of Fleetwood across the River Wyre and Barrow in the grey distance across Morecambe Bay. At the ferry slipway there was a FP sign indicating Fleetwood and the line of the Lancashire Coastal Path and Wyre Way. The water in the River Wyre looked a bit too deep for hiking boots so Joan took us across Knott End Golf Course instead to Hackensall Hall and on to Barnaby Sands Marshes. In the vicinity of the Marshes and Brine Wells there was evidence of engineering works being carried out. (Hope they have the necessary Planning Permission!)Shortly after crossing the one and only stile we turned inland using tracks and lanes to reach the Saracens Head. On the way we passed a scrap yard! Sorry, farm surrounded by junk, a pile of horse shoes and other detritus, with Roosters standing guard at the front door. This was a nice leisurely and mainly level walk. The food at the Saracens Head was wholesome and of ample portions. Thank you Joan and back marker Sue.

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Assembling in the hail

 

Joining the railway track . . .

 

and walking along the track bed

 

Ann and Elizabeth catch up

 

Hail to palm trees

 

Snow clouds over Morecambe

 

Passing Bourne Arms

 

Ferry jetty

 

Brew time . . .

 

where some of us 'bag' the benches

 

Joan leads us to Barnaby Sands Marsh

 

The one and only stile

 

The Saracens Head

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