Sunday, 9th January 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Green Breck, Bank End, Cockersand Abbey, Crook Farm, Brows Bridge, Glasson branch of the Lancaster Canal, Thurnham Church, Cock Hall Farm, Batty Hill and Cockerham.
Start Point: Cockerham Village Hall Grid Reference: SD 465 520
Distance: 9.2 miles Ascent: 500 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: A cold sea breeze but dry and sunny. Warmer and less windy inland!
Comments: Twenty six people departed Cockerham on a cold breezy day passing Cockerham church on the way to The Black Knights Parachute Centre at Green Breck. There was no parachuting today so the group continued along the Coastal Path on the edge of Morecambe Bay, to walk to Crook Farm, passing Cockersands Abbey on the way. Attention was drawn to helicopter that appeared to land on, or hover over a sand bank in the Lune Estuary. It was surmised that the helicopter might have been on a rescue mission or even picking up illicit drugs! The reason will probably remain a mystery. Leaving the sea and its breeze the group turned inland at Crook Farm to join the Glasson branch of the Lancaster Canal at Brows Bridge. The branch links the sea to the canal via Glasson Dock. Sea going ships used discharge their cargos at the dock which were then transferred to barges and taken to places along the canal. The Lancaster canal connected Preston to Kendal and passed through Lancaster. Ships still use Glasson Dock but goods are now taken by road. Leaving Glasson behind the group passed a number of locks before crossing over the canal at bridge between Bailey Bridge and Third Lock Bridge in order to reach Thurnham church. From here the group walked along the lane to Cock Hall Farm. (The footpath is not as per the map through the farm). A couple of fields later found the group struggling through mud on the farm track to Batty Hill. Fortunately the last stretch of the walk was on public highways. Another enjoyable walk!

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The two Mr Wrights

 

You too can . . .

 

take the plunge

 

Lunch time

 

Cockersand Abbey

 

The Lune Estuary

 

Follow these to . . .

 

find the real thing

 

Children out of range today

 

One of the many drainage channels in the area

 

A still frozen Glasson Marina

 

Glasson Marina - a link between sea and canal

 

Pecking order

 

Nowhere to swim

 

Lunch at Lock No 6

 

Maize stubble

 

An entry for the muddiest walk competition perhaps

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