Wednesday, 5th August 2015

Walk: Conishead Priory (Manjushri Temple), Salt Cotes, Canal Foot, Ulverston
Start Point: Ulverston Railway Station Grid Reference: SD 285 778
Distance: 6.5 miles Ascent: Little
Time: 4 hours
Weather: Mainly dry and warm

Three Rail Carders followed a route set out in leaflet relating to the Furness Line. The instructions provided proved easy to follow.  In brief the route passes through a small area of suburbia to reach the sea shore of Morecambe Bay near to the former Conishead Priory now named Manjushri Temple. (At the time of passing the temple, five thousand people were attending an international religious festival and security measures were in place because a large number of small tents abutted the footpath through the grounds).  After passing through the temple grounds and reaching the sea, the route headed generally north via the beach, tracks and roads to reach Canal Foot which is the sea end of the Ulverston Canal.  The route then followed the canal to a basin before following a road back to the Railway Station.

A Pagoda at Conishead Manjushri Temple - (Conishead Priory)

Towers of the former Conishead Priory

Seen in the Priory grounds

Strollers and Meditators on the beach at Conishead - Morecambe Bay

This apple tree is literally on the waters edge of Morecambe Bay

Glaxo -GSK plc must have known that the Rail Carders would be passing by today

This Byway commences at Canal Foot Ulverston and crosses Cartmel Sands to reach Cark- Guide required

An Ulverston Heritage sign at Canal Foot -----

and this is what it says

The remains of the Lock Gates that separated the Ulverston Canal from the sea

More about the canal

Parents and offspring on the Ulverston Canal

The canal towpath - approx one mile long

A Large Red Damselfly on the canal towpath

The canal was constructed for sea going ships and is fifteen feet deep - one mile long and took three years to build

Another family

A view of Hoad Hill Monument

Walk notes

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