Wednesday, 13th April 2016

Walk: Access Leeds/Liverpool Canal via the Craft Centre, proceed north under Ellel Hall Bridge, take footpath on left to Forsrigg Wood,  Parkside Farm and Webster’s Farm.  Take minor road to the Stork at Condor Green for a drink/toilet break at the picnic site, then  access the estuary embankment and walk towards Glasson Dock. The Glasson Link canal was accessed via the church footpath.  The walk then took the tow path along the Glasson Link Canal until it reached the Leeds/Liverpool again, then a short walk north back to the Plough Inn
Start Point: The Plough Inn, Galgate Grid Reference: SD 483 552
Distance: 6 miles Ascent: Negligible
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Bright and sunny, pleasantly warm.
Comments:

Twenty five people came out to enjoy the spring sunshine this morning but there was a threat of showers so all were kitted out accordingly. As the walk involved a lot of canal walking, to avoid the still very wet fields, the walkers were encouraged to look around and spy as much ‘nature and wild life’ as they could. The walk didn’t disappoint. Spring flowers were in abundance: wood anemones, celandines, marsh marigolds, black thorn blossom and a few blue bells in the woods with the trees bursting into bright green buds. The cows were out!  first time seen this spring; the Mallards were busy courting and early starters had at least 6 chicks; two herons along the Glasson Link, several swans, one asleep on its nest, geese foraging and flying (only two looking for Layton Moss) and a Curlew was heard but not seen. Of course there were lots of sheep and lambs.  We mustn’t forget the midges and one lone bee. 
The tow path was only muddy in one or two short stretches but there was still plenty of mud round the stiles, but walking was not too difficult. We returned on time to the pub where we were promptly served with our orders and the food was of a very high standard.  Most people complained of being overdressed, which made a pleasant change and said they had enjoyed being out after a two week break over Easter.

The leader preparing for the off

Reflections on the Lancaster Canal at Galgate

Queuing to avoid a quagmire at Forerigg Wood

Cows just released from winter housing

Feeding the lambs

Hedgerow blossom

One of three used to ----

pull this travellers abode

The kettle is on the fire and its chicken for dinner

There are not many of these on the roads today

Two old codgers waiting for opening time perhaps

Between Condor Green and Glasson Dock on the bed of a former railway

A memorial in the grounds of Christ Church at Glasson. It was suggested that there might be a link to the Tiller Girls but connot be confirmed

A heron on watch

These feathered friends prefer to keep dry

Using the Glasson Link to reach the Lancaster Canal

A bedraggled looking heron

A broody swan

New life on the canal

A quick break at the junction of the Glasson Link and Lancaster Canal

A smiling leader

Part of the floral display at the Plough

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