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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