Sunday, 17th January 2016

Walk: Via Lancaster Canal and Glasson Link to Upper Thurnham and then Cockerham
Start Point: Cockerham Village Hall car park Grid Reference: SD 465 520
Distance: 7.7 miles Ascent: 600 feet
Time: 4.45 hours
Weather: A little sun becoming overcast with fine rain mid-afternoon.  A sneaky cold breeze at times.

At least third of the proposed walk was under flood water at the time of reconnaissance and was unfit for walking on the day.  However, the leader had another route up her sleeve and she was able to guide her party of fourteen around a nearly eight mile trip via the Lancaster Canal and the Glasson Link of the Lancaster Canal to reach Upper Thurnham, before returning to Cockerham.  There was a sprinkling of snow but it didn’t cause any problems.  Unfortunately, the ground was unfrozen and there was a little mud underfoot in fields and gateways.  In fact, the ground around one gateway was such a quagmire that it removed one members boot.

Main Street Cockerham

A bridge crossing

The sign says Beware of the Dog - but the dog appeared keen to join the group on the walk

The Lancaster Canal near Hampson Green

Just a sprinkling of snow

Perched on the parapet ------

of this tow path bridge

The same bridge a couple of weeks earlier

Taking a break at the junction of the Lancaster Canal and the Glasson Link

Resuming the walk after refreshments -----

and heading for Upper Thurnham along the Glasson Link(2)

Leaving the canal and heading for the chuch at Thurnham (1)

A very muddy gateway where a member was deprived of a boot

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