: A Brief Encounter
8th June 2011
It was with a certain degree of trepidation that I sent the
proposed route to the others. The
forecast for the hills was poor and Jamie did not want another outing with his
head in the clouds. This time he wanted
to see where he was going. Consequently,
I played safe. In fact, very safe,
starting at sea level and climbing to a maximum height of.....
I need not have worried.
Both Stan and Bryan actually welcomed the lack of climbing because,
a fact that I had forgotten, they were going to be out this coming weekend providing support
to Stanís son Martin who was attempting to emulate his father (and Bryan) and complete the
Bob Graham Round.
For the uninitiated, this is one of Lakelandís greatest
challenges requiring 42 peaks to be climbed in 24 hours, an ascent of some
28,500 feet and a distance of some 74
miles. No mean feat- one that has twice
defeated Sir Ranulph Fiennes and has never remotely tempted me, I have to
So, we parked at Wild Duck Hall on the Lancaster Coastal Way
near Carnforth. The weather was actually
a lot better than we dared hope as we made our way north along the marshes,
turning inland at Marsh House Farm.
Crag across the salt marsh
Soon we approached the rear of Carnforth railway yard. Film aficionados will be aware that the
station was the setting for the classic Brief Encounter but our interest was
in the yard and the sheds.
The marshalling yard was full of rolling stock that will
never roll again.
However the sheds told
a different story. Parked outside were
many old railway coaches that looked in fine condition and are no doubt used
for steam excursions.
there were no steam engines to be seen today.
Not like the days when I used to call in
at Longsight sheds in Manchester
on my way home from school, collecting train numbers. Until the railway police arrested me one day,
Even more sadly, it started to rain, quite heavily so
waterproofs had to be donned. Three
minutes later, it stopped.
Our next objective was Warton. This is a village made famous by George Washington,
or to be more accurate, by the fact that George Washingtonís ancestors, seven
generations earlier lived there. A minor
technicality that hasnít prevented the local pub cashing in and naming itself
to reflect its most famous great great great great great grandson.
Oswald's Church, Warton
Putting that to one side, it has to be said that this is a
very smart village- just look at the playground equipment, for example. Made in Germany!
And the elaborate compass in the ground outside
the play area.
for local attractions
it is old. I don't know how many times I have
driven through Warton over the years but I was totally
unaware of the Old Rectory- 13th Century!
From Warton, we headed east
down flower bedecked lanes under the railway. After
crossing the A6, we reached Pine Lake Resort. It was sad to have the tranquillity disturbed
by a man with a megaphone trying to drum up business for rides round the lake
on a speed boat. Then into the pavillion
to sell them more timeshares, maybe. Or
perhaps the ride was a reward for investment?
Lake with lodges
At first we missed the exit
from the complex- I donít think they really want people to go the way we
went- but at the second attempt we found the path alongside the River Keer and
followed it east, past the next lake- more tranquil with fishermen quietly
We crossed under the
branchline railway viaduct and met the Lancaster Canal.
The canal tow path was our route south for the next four
miles, taking us through gentle countryside. We found a seat and stopped
for lunch. Jamie had made some delicious sandwiches
but a bite from one of mine had something in it that didn't ought
to have been there- half a tooth! Must phone the
dentist when I get home!
back along the towpath
tow path wanders through the back of Carnforth, past
a mooring station.
Once we reached the outskirts of
Bolton-le-Sands we left the canal, heading west back down to the salt marshes
and the car.
had been an interesting brief encounter with the Carnforth
area and, hopefully, not too taxing for Stan and Bryan.
Good luck, Martin!
8th June 2011
climbed in feet:
Encounter, George Washington
Don, Jamie, Stan
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