Wednesday, 21st May 2014

Walk: Galgate and Hampson Green
Start Point: Canalside Craft Centre, Galgate Grid Reference: SD 482 550
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 320 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Bright sunshine
Comments: On this beautiful spring morning thirty-four ramblers left the Canalside Craft Centre for a circular walk taking in an area called “Walker’s-i-th’-Fields.  The first part of the walk was through some of Galgate’s older streets, passing a former Silk Mill on the way.  Then, passing through a church yard the route followed the course of the River Condor before turning south towards Langshaw Lane and then Scriffen Lane and “Walker’s-i-th’-Fields”.  At the southernmost end of the walk the route was around and under Junction 33 of the M6 at Hampson Green.  The return leg of the route included a gentle climb that provided a vantage point for views towards Morecambe Bay to the west and to the north, the Lake District fells.  Returning through Galgate the group returned to the Canalside Craft Centre for lunch.  

Just good friends perhaps

Leaving a church yard at Galgate

Curious cows

A windblown tree obstructs the path

Part of Lancaster University Campus

The first silage crop has been gathered in

Spring flowers

It's thirsty work is this rambling

Crossing a recently liquid fertilised field

One of the easier stiles

An obstrucion in the form of an unopenable five barred fence

A birds eye view of the route

Plenty of nettles on the way to this hidden footbridge

Exiting an overgrown and uneven part of the route

Single file through a hay meadow

A former silk mill at Galgate in the foreground with Lancaster University and Lakeland Fells beyond

The last footbridge before Galgate

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