Wednesday, 15th June 2016

Walk: Wilson’s Bridge, Molly’s Plantation, Moss House Farm, Treales CP School, Blundell’s Wood, Locking Stoops, Kellett’s Bridge, Salwick Bridge and the Hand and Dagger
Start Point: The Hand and Dagger, Salwick Grid Reference: SD 463 330
Distance: 5.8 miles Ascent: 270 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Sunny start but deteriorating to give rain for an hour and a half.  Warm and humid
Comments: Leaving the Hand & Dagger, the group joined the Lancaster Canal for a short distance to the south before leaving it at Wilson’s Bridge.  The route then headed in a generally northerly direction to Treales.  After taking a break and sheltering from the rain at Treales the route ran east roughly parallel with the M55 motorway to reach Kellett’s Bridge where the group rejoined the Lancaster Canal.   The group walked south again to leave the canal at the Hand & Dagger. The walk was generally level on pastureland with the odd cereal field. On the way there were one or two overgrown/broken stiles.  Unfortunately about half way around the route the rains came and put a dampener on things (a couple of miles to the south of the walk there had been no rain).  A pleasant walk with good food at the end.

The leader giving notice of the route

The lunch venue

On the Lancaster Canal at Salwick

A narrowboat in motion

Industry in a ruaral landscape

Three youngsters

One of the easier stiles on the route

Making use of a quiet lane

A fine specimen

Biblical sounding

A tight squeeze over an overgrown stile

A church at Treales

A wet wheatfield

The M55 crossing the Lancaster Canal at Salwick

Numerous Canada Geese on the Lancaster Canal

Two swans with cygnets hidden in the grass

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