Wednesday, 24th April 2013

Walk: Swillbrook and Blackleach
Start Point: The Hand & Dagger, Salwick Grid Reference: SD 463 330
Distance: 6.5 miles Ascent: 100 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Dry, mainly overcast with the odd burst of sun, breezy.
Comments: A nice easy walk along the canal towpath and quiet country lanes. The walk had to be diverted because of very muddy conditions near to a stile. It was so bad the Local Authority found it necessary to close the path. The diversion added a mile or so to the intended route. The absence of stiles was something of a rarity. On the bright side it was nice to see that swallows have returned to Salwick and that some cows had been released on to fresh grass. Some of the trees were showing a hint of green and there was a smell of Spring in the air.

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Between Salwick Bridge and Kellet's Bridge on the Lancaster Canal

 

These are canal miles

 

Two youngsters at Swillbrook

 

These cattle are fed pre-packed food, but . . .

 

these girls are on fresh food

 

The footpath is closed because the ground tried to swallow up a rambler on a recce

 

Thigh deep mud a couple of weeks ago

 

A canal side notice - in which direction and how fast should one flee

 

The last leg of the walk - between Salwick Hall and the Hand and Dagger

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