Sunday, 13th November 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Conder Green, Glasson, Cockersand Abbey, Cockerham, Galgate, Aldcliffe
Start Point: Conder Green Grid Reference: SD 457 562
Distance: 16 miles Ascent: 740 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: Very mild and dry with clear blue skies
Comments: With only 700ft of ascent the ‘Breath of Fresh Air walk’ was quite a different experience for the 2’s walkers. However, 12 turned up to walk in an area that for most was new territory and whilst this walk crossed a very flat landscape, with long stretches of coastal and canal walking there was certainly plenty to see throughout the day. We set off following the coastal path south through Glasson to our fist vantage point, a small hill from where there were views of the Pennines and the Forrest of Bowland to the east and the Lancashire coastline north and south. This coastal stretch looked like a bird watchers paradise for seas birds. We left the coastal path and crossed rather muddy farmland to join the Lancashire canal just past Ellel Grange. We left the canal at Galgate to join the disused rail track on the river Lune which we followed back to the car park. The day was blessed with sunshine and clear blue sky and because this was a flat walk people had plenty of time to converse!

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as we set off Glasson comes into view

 

Looking back from where the path enters Glasson there are stunning views along the Lune  Ward's Stone in the distance

 

Yes there are hills in the distance

 

Warning sign at Crook Farm

 

The coastal path swings south to Cockersand Abbey

 

Fortunately we are not armed!

 

Looking back along the coast to Crook Farm

 

Lots of information at Cockersand Abbey

 

Cockerham Sands is a haven for sea birds

 

Views across Cockerham Sands to Knott-End-on-Sea

 

No not a 2000ft ridge but a 20ft sea defence wall at Bank End Farm

 

The bank before Patty's Farm makes an ideal spot for a tea break . . .

 

with fine views across Cockerham Marsh to Bank End Farm . . .

 

and views across to Knott-End-on-Sea and Fleetwood

 

As we move on Cockerham comes into view

 

From Cockerham we cross some very muddy fields. Not what the co-leader had said in the car park!

 

These fields have quite an artistic appearance as though they had been brushed with a paintbrush

 

Cragg Hall comes into view

 

At last we are through the mud as we reach the Lancaster Canal

 

We then set off along the canal in search of a lunch stop

 

Two old benches make the perfect spot

 

We continue along the canal north towards Lancaster

 

The autumn colours are quite something  . . .

 

and one tree glows in the lowering sunlight

 

We leave the canal and cut across fields to the disused rail line

 

From the line there are still clear views up the River Lune

 

As the sun drops Glasson can be seen in the distance

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