Sunday, 24th February 2019

Walk: Freckleton Village, Lancashire Coastal Path to the Naze
Start Point: Freckleton Village Car Park  Grid Reference: SD 425 292
Distance: 4.8 miles Ascent: Nil
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: Sunny and warm, 14c Virtually no breeze

Eleven people met up for a wonderful spring walk this afternoon. The car park was not easy to find but eventually we all gathered for the 2 pm start.  We walked back through the village to the main road, the A584, crossing at the lights to continue north along the minor road and took the lane to Strike Farm School.  Miraculously a fallen tree, negotiated on the recky, had been removed so we had a comfortable path to the lane which took us back to the A584.  Here we picked up the Lancashire Coastal Way and took the lower path alongside Freckleton Pool, passing light industry, several residences and Freckleton Boat Yard.  We couldn’t believe that this was the main chanel for the boats coming into dock at Freckleton Port, even though the tide was up!   We continued until we reached Naze Point.  Here there was a Trig Point, recording the momentous height of 14 m or 49 feet! We had our break, looking over towards Longton, and the confluence of the River Douglas with the Ribble.  The tide was high.  We retraced our steps, taking the upper path this time and joined the road directly into Frecklton passing the Ship Inn, busy serving meals on a Sunday afternoon.  Local residents, Jane and St.Jean, showed some of us the memorial to the children who were killed by the American bomber in 1944.  Very sad.  Thank you Jane and Marion for a lovely walk.

Confluence of the River Douglas with the River Ribble

Jane and Marion, our lovely leaders

Group photo at Trig Point 49ft! at The Naze Point

Spring flowers at the Ship Inn, . . .

ideal venue for a Wednesday walk

Memorial in the village to the War time disaster . . .

when 39 infants were killed and 9 civilians

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