The September Ramble – Conder Green
This month’s walk was a case of ‘Third time lucky’. Due to the constant heavy rain, the listed walk through fields round Elswick, was a non-starter. However the alternative semi-urban walk, starting from the promenade at Lytham also was found to be impassable. So it was back to an old faithful, always a pleasant and popular walk.
Starting from the car park at Conder Green, our little party of five and the dogs, plus three friends from Bolton headed north along the bed of the old railway from Lancaster to Glasson Dock. To the west, on the River Lune, the sailing club were enjoying themselves racing in the warm morning sun. After half an hour of walking on the excellent, scenic track, shared with many cyclists, we turned east up a lane that took us to the little village of Adcliffe and on to the Lancaster Canal.
We were now heading south along the tow-path through one of the prettiest parts of the whole canal as the builders decided to avoid locks here and instead made a very deep cutting. Bird life was in abundance, with swans, ducks of various types and a solitary heron. At this point we came upon a couple of benches which provided a convenient lunch stop.
After lunch, we continued south and arrived at Galgate. Here, there should have been a stile which leads to a short-cut back to Conder Green, but this stile was over grown and couldn’t be found so it was decided to continue via Glasson Dock Spur and Thurnham Mill. Back on the short road section, we passed the well known Stork Hotel and were then greeted by a pair of beautiful goats that appeared on a garden wall before arriving back at the car park and the end of the walk.
In the end this turned into a pleasant walk and, for once, we were blessed with excellent weather.
Linda & Eddie Grange