Wednesday, 7th May 2014

Walk: Lady Hamilton's Well, All Saints Church at Barnacre and Greenhalgh Castle (ruin)
Start Point: Th'owd Tithebarn, Garstang Grid Reference: SD 489 449
Distance: 5.2 miles Ascent: 389 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Overcast with rain late morning
Comments: Leaving the small ancient town of Garstang the group headed west to cross the main West Coast Railway and the M6 motorway to reach Lady Hamilton’s Well and then All Saints Church at Barnacre where a break was taken.  At this time light rain appeared from the heavens, but it didn’t dampen the spirit of the walkers.  Continuing, the group then headed for the ruins of Greenhalgh Castle.  From the castle the group proceeded to join the Lancaster Canal and used this to return to Th’owd Tithebarn where lunch was taken.  Many Swallows/Swifts could be seen wheeling in the air and on the canal ducks and ducklings were playing follow my leader.  A nice area for walking at any time of year.

The start and end of the walk

Today's leaders

A sandy beach in Garstang - on the River Wyre

Flower power - it must be the effect of Spring

One of the young ladies on the walk

The first crop of silage

Three ladies crossing a meadow

Re grouping after crossing the M6

On the way to Lady Hamilton's Well

Lady Hamilton's Well - well it states that on the map

A short steep incline near to the well

A gathering on the skyline where swallows performed flypasts

One of the twenty or so performers

Walkers Welcome

A growing lad

An aqueduct spanning the M6 motorway

A dual carriageway for walkers across a recently ploughed field

Time for reflection

An array of nameplates

Joining the Lancaster Canal

Little balls of fluff on the canal

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