Sunday, 6th May 2018

Walk: Lancaster Canal southwards, Bailton’s Farm, Turner’s Farm, Parkhead Farm then north to minor road leading to the Forge, Lingart Lane and return to Garstang via the weir and flood defences, through town to carpark.
Start Point: Booths car park, Garstang Grid Reference: SD 491 453
Distance: 4.8 miles Ascent: Negligible
Time: 2.25 hours
Weather: Glorious Sunshine
Comments: Nine people attended on this Bank Holiday weekend.  The glorious sunshine was a real joy, and not too hot for walking.  We met up with Ann at Dimples Bridge and continued to the next but one bridge, to ascend steps and follow the path across the motorway to Bailton’s Farm.  At Turner’s Farm two left the group, Sheila and Bill, to make their way back into Garstang via Greenhalgh Castle.  It was nice to see Sheila again, if only for a short walk.  Along this stretch of the walk each field boundary had a stile to negotiate so it’s a good job we weren’t a large group. When we reached the patch of woodland we had a wonderful surprise as the bluebells were glorious and the dell made for a beautifully shaded picnic spot. After re-crossing the motorway we made our way back into Garstang along quite distinct paths to arrive at the car park within, just, the three hour allotted free parking allowed.  A shandy at the Wheatsheaf was most welcome.

A stile provides a comfy seat for Ann in an ideal picnic spot

June and Christine have a good chin wag

The true English Bluebells in all their glory in the dappled sunlight.

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