Sunday, 19th February 2012

Walk: River Wyre Estuary, Blackpool Yacht Club, Thornton Hall farm.
Start Point: Wyre Estuary Country Park, Stanah Grid Reference: SD 356 430
Distance: 4.7 miles Ascent: 70 feet
Time: 2.15 hours    
Weather: Sunny and clear
Comments: 26 people, including 2 ladies who saw us gathering on the car park & asked to join us, set off up the estuary of the River Wyre passing the site of Cockle Hall, in reality a ferryman's cottage when there was a ferry over to Wardleys Creek. We had a good view over to Wardleys, which was a thriving port from the 16th to 19th centuries including small emigrant ships to the USA in the 1830s. We walked as far as the Yacht Club but as the tide was far out no sailing this afternoon. At this point we turned inland over fields to reach a minor road where we headed back towards Stanah. A slight rise when crossing fields gave us really clear views over to the Bowland Fells as we descended to the estuary path back to our starting point.

 

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