Sunday, 29th February 2016

Walk: Glasson Dock, Cocker Sands Abbey, Cockerham Church, Ellel Grange Hall
Start Point: Condor Green Grid Reference: SD 457 561
Distance: 16 miles Ascent: 500 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Dry, mild , Blue skies……felt like spring …………..
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Four of the usual suspects and a guest, John Brown from Preston Ramblers, joined the leader for “A Breath of  Fresh Air” a 15 mile walk put together by East Lancashire LDWA.  The weather was perfect as we headed of through Glasson Dock following the Coastal Path on to Bodie Hill, the highest point of today’s walk. We then continued south past Abbey Lighthouse Cottage, the Chapter House and remains of Cockersands Abbey before stopping for eleven’s at a  stone memorial bench and table on route to Patty’s Farm Barn. Continuing south past Cockerham Church and onto the fields at the eastern end of Willey Lane heading towards the Lancaster Canal.  Ian had warned me that it would be muddy and yes it most certainly was…………… Our route took us through the grounds of  Ellel Grange the home of the Ellel Ministries  a non-denominational Christian ministry. We reached the junction of the Glasson Branch and Lancaster Canal just in time for lunch and had a break enjoying the sunshine. We were just over half way and the route then followed the Lancaster canal north onward to the Hamlet of Aldcliffe where we left the busy canal towpath to head westward and back onto the coastal path which lead back to Condor Green. 

http://www.open-walks.co.uk/Directory/Lancashire/278-Breath-of-Fresh-Air-A/Visit.html

 

On top of Bodie Hill

Time to loose a layer

Blue skies above Crook Farm

The Chapter House

The Breakfast Table

Obviously not a Rambler !!!

Following the Sheep to church

A friendly face

Ellel Grange Hall

Ray contemplates the drop

Captain Ian takes a break

It's the way I tell'em

Barges in dock at Galgate

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