A Lancashire Walk that explores the Lune Estuary and coast to the west of Lancaster. This Lancashire walk starts from Glasson Dock which at one time had high hopes as being a port serving Lancaster. The route follows a section of the Lancashire Coastal Way with the opportunity to visit the ruins of Cockersand Abbey before continuing along the coast. The final section uses rural inland footpaths to return to the start.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D)The start is Glasson Dock carpark (grid ref. SD446561) from where you walk west along Tithebarn Hill through the village. Reaching a road junction, turn south. Close to here is one of the highest points on the route from where you have a good view across the River Lune Estuary. At the next junction (grid ref. SD442556), turn right along Marsh Lane.
(1)You have now joined the Lancashire Coastal Way. Follow this track west towards the coast at Crook Farm turning south, with the Estuary to your right, to Plover Hill at 7 metres above sea level! The path turns south and you have the option of taking a footpath on your left (grid ref. SD426537) to visit the ruins of Cockersand Abbey.
(2)The main route continues along the coast to reach Bank Houses where you briefly join a road before continuing along a track to pass Bank End. The track improves to a tarmac lane. At the end of straight section the Lancashire Coastal Way goes right but for this route we keep on the road and turn left following the lane to reach Hillam. Here take the footpath on the left by Hillam Farm and walk north to Norbreck Farm (which will be on your right). Continue north passing the high spot on the route - a trig point at 23 metres above sea level.
(3)As you descend from this 'hill', the path doglegs before reaching a T-junction (grid ref. SD450540). Turn left here and continue to the next crossroads of paths. Turn right here and walk to Moss Lane. Cross this lane and continue north to meet a track (grid ref. SD446550). Go left here and follow the road round to the right into Dobs Lane. This leads you into Old Glasson and on to rejoin the outward route. All that remains is to retrace your steps back to Glasson Dock.(A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 20ft - Glasson Dock carpark
1 : mi 0.54 - alt. 46ft - Turn right along Marsh Lane
2 : mi 2.37 - alt. 13ft - Cockersand Abbey
3 : mi 4.9 - alt. 59ft - Descend hill to T-junction
D/A : mi 7.15 - alt. 16ft - Glasson Dock carpark
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Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5
Global average : 4.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
In truth, we started the walk on a wild day in January with a westerly gale and showers. Consequently, the first part of the walk through the fields was very boggy. Once on the coastal path, the going was much better and the views out over the Lune Estuary, Plover Scar and Sunderland Point were magnificent.
As we left the coastal path, the showers turned to torrential rain and rather than get bogged down in the fields, we returned to the start via the very quiet country lanes - quite a good alternative if it is poor underfoot.
We will definitely return and do the complete walk in the spring/summer.
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