Sunday, 5th November 2017

Walk: Lancaster Canal, cross Lea Golf Course and return via Millennium Ribble Link incorporating the Guild Wheel to  Haslam Park
Start Point: Haslam Park Grid Reference: SD 519 307 
Distance: 5.25 miles Ascent: Negligible
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: Chilly but bright and sunny
Comments: Fifteen of our regulars walkers turned up, plus one from the Young Ramblers group. We were very fortunate to have a window of fine weather. It was a really pleasant walk skirting the lake in the park to access the Lancaster Canal. Although a firm tow path there was some wet and muddy stretches as there had been a lot of rain the previous couple of days and evening. Unfortunately we had to walk in the shade for most of this section but we could look across to the sunny side of the canal to some pleasant properties, look out for bird life, swans in a garden!!! and admire the reflections in the still waters. A short stretch of road walking brought us to the footpath across the Lea Golf Course. Initially this was a challenge as it was best to run over the soggy area to prevent sinking!! We had a sunny 15 minute break on the Millennium Ribble Link, and used the lock gates as perches. Two members were able to cut off a section to shorten the walk slightly and meet us further along this section. We arrived back at Tom Benson Way where there is a pelican crossing to enable us to cross the busy road safely. We soon reached the entrance to Haslam Park, ascended 20 steps and then strolled along the Lime Tree Avenue and Norman pointed out the Drinking Fountain, erected 1911, which he used to use as a youngster.  No  metal cups available now. We arrived back at the car park at 4 pm, having had a really lovely afternoon.

Haslam Park Duck Pond

Savick House adjacent to the Lancaster Canal at Ashton

This bridge carries a Cycle Route to Woodplumpton Road

One of many craft moored on the Lancaster Canal at Ashton

The advice was to keep moving fast over this boggy field

Sunbathing on the 5th November

Resting by some locks on the Ribble Millennium Link Canal

An old drinking fountain on Haslam Park -
the cups were missing and the water turned off -
just like when the photographer was a lad

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