Wednesday, 1st August 2012

Walk: Greenhalgh Castle, Bailton’s farm, Lower House farm, Clarkson’s farm, Disused railway track, Garstang, Lancaster Canal
Start Point: The Bellflower, Garstang Grid Reference: SD 483 451
Distance: 5.8 miles Ascent: 150 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Cloudy but dry
Comments: 25 walkers set off along the Lancaster canal as far as the Viaduct from where we followed the river & the lane to Greenhalgh Castle, where we stopped briefly to read the information board. Crossing fields, the railway & the M6 we reached Bailton’s farm. From there we continued east passing Janet’s Hill Wood to reach Lower House farm where we turned north to pass North Topping’s wood to our coffee break just before reaching the lane to Clarkson’s farm. We were pleased to note that some of the hay fields had been cut, which made walking easier than found on the ‘recce’. Down the lane to Parkhead Farm from where it was over the M6 & the railway again before taking the course of the ‘old’ railway (the ‘Pilling Pig’) to the River Wyre. Turning left along the river into Garstang we then retraced our steps back along the Canal to a good lunch at the ‘pub’.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

The leader makes a point

 

The Lancaster Canal at Garstang . . .

 

with a banqueting suite to hand

 

Two little quakers

 

Who will be prosecuted

 

A break in a hayfield

 

Men in the maize . . .

 

followed by two ama(i)zing ladies and . . .

 

another young lady

 

On the move - note the apparel for the first day of August

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