Wednesday, 31st August 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Lancaster Canal & northern reaches, Capernwray & Priest Hutton
Start Point: Longlands Hotel, Tewitfield Grid Reference: SD 520 737
Distance: 5.3 miles Ascent: 370 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Dry & warm with some sun,
Comments: 43 walkers set off along the canal going south toward Capernrway. After passing under the railway bridge, which carries the line from Leeds to Morecambe, & over the Keer Aqueduct, we crossed over the bridge to set off through fields with a variety of stiles & by a stream to a coffee stop with good views, before arriving at Priest Hutton. From there it was up a lane & down an overgrown pathway before more fields to reach the cottages by Coat Green Farm. A minor road led back to the canal where we saw the disused set of locks on the ‘northern reaches’ which it is hoped will one day be opened again to canal traffic.

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The start of the walk at the end of the Lancaster Canal

 

A plaque at Keer aqueduct

 

A motley crew at Capernwray

 

Our leader keeps to the rails

 

Reflections at Capernwray

 

A railway bridge carrying the Carnforth to Yorkshire line

 

Plenty of green at Green Bank

 

From this . . .

 

to this

 

Sloe (Blackthorn fruit)

 

A combined gate and stile

 

Clocked off perhaps

 

Morning refreshments

 

Distant Lakeland hills

 

On the road to Priest Hutton

 

Wild damsons

 

Passing through Priest Hutton

 

A very narrow green lane with ample nettles

 

Stewart thinks he's lost

 

One of many high stiles

 

Crossing a newly mown filed and the Lancashire - Cumbria border

 

Rejoining the canal at Tewitfield

 

Approaching a series of disused locks at Tewitfield

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