Sunday, 5th February 2012

Walk: Nateby Hall, Kirkland Hall, Churchtown, Catterall, Bonds and Garstang
Start Point: Riverside car park, Garstang Grid Reference: SD 489 454
Distance: 9.6 miles Ascent: 215 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Foggy at the start clearing later with bright sunshine mid afternoon. Cool but pleasant.
Comments: Regardless of an incorrect grid reference the group assembled at the riverside car park and departed on time. Although it was very foggy sixteen people took part in the walk led by Dorothy Schofield. The route passed Pat Seed's Memorial Garden on the way to join the Lancaster Canal. (Pat Seed MBE, a journalist, was a cancer campaigner and raised funds for a CT Scanner at Christies Hospital, Manchester) They then headed for Lancaster before leaving the canal at Nateby Hall. Crossing semi frozen fields they then joined a track near to Kirkland Hall before stopping for a bite to eat in the church yard at Churchtown. Crossing the River Wyre, the group then followed it up stream to the River Calder. They then followed the Calder to Sturzaker House. Here they rejoined the Lancaster Canal, at a bridge with three faces hidden in the masonry; to walk northwards back to the start point.

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The gathering of the clan at SD 493 454

 

High Street, Garstang

 

The Pat Seed Memorial Garden in Garstang

 

A misty and ice Lancaster Canal

 

Leaving the canal for Nateby Hall

 

Bill and Co appear put of the gloom near Bowers Wood

 

More like autumn than spring

 

An unusual name for a highway

 

The sun trying to break through the fog

 

Gymnastics are a - Must - for climbing stiles

 

Late morning somewhere in Nateby, or is it Churchtown

 

No gymnastics requires at this stile

 

On the south of the River Wye with Catterall Hall in the background

 

Eyes right, eyes left at the A6 Catterall

 

The confluence of the Wyre and Calder

 

On parade at Catterall

 

A face on a canal bridge keystone

 

Who slung dung

 

A mounting block on High Street, Garstang (for mounting horses)

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