Wednesday, 12th December 2018

Walk: Cottam. Ingol, Fulwood, Cadley and Ashton
Start Point: Haslam Park, Ashton Grid Reference: SD 518 308 
Distance: 5.2 miles Ascent: Little
Time: 2.75 hours
Weather: Cool but bright

This circular walk was mainly on hard surfaces with just a little mud in the latter stage.  Heading down the main avenue of Haslam Park the group of nineteen joined the unpaved portion of Cottam Lane to reach the Lancaster Canal.  There they headed west along the towpath to reach the Final Whistle Café.  From there use was made of footpaths and cycle routes to pass through the modern Cottam before crossing Tag Lane, Ingol to continue to Walker Lane in Fulwood. Then following Share Brook the group passed through an area formally used as a golf course.  In this area, after objections to housing development, the Jubilee Green (village green) was created.  After crossing Woodplumpton Road at Cadley the group joined the Lancaster Canal to reach the starting point on Haslam Park.

A smaller group of eight also went for a stroll.  Their walk was 3 miles long and started from Haslam Park and headed for the Final Whistle Café at Cottam by using the tow path of the Lancaster Canal.  After a “cuppa” they returned to Haslam Park via the Millennium Ribble Link and Cottam Lane.

The recce team on the avenue of Haslam Park

Members on the short walk approaching The Final Whistle cafe for coffee

A modern kissing gate in Cottam

Mince Pie time

A Robin searching for dropped crumbs

A sculpture seen  at Cottam

A hidden sign indicating Jubilee Green – said to be an area clawed back from developers

In the wilds of Cadley

Within a few yards of Woodplumpton Road at Cadley

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