CCP03: Levens Bridge
12th September 2009
have you gone so far inland?" asked one of my friends
on reading CCP02.
do you mean?" I replied, "We had to get round
the Kent Estuary."
didn't you just get hold of Queen's Guide
and ask him to take you across the bay?"
doesn't do individual trips to order
at short notice. Other than for
royalty, of course!
did the Cross Bay Walk with him (and
hundreds of other non-royals) three years ago.
doing the Coastal Path not the Cross
Bay Walk 2006
having completed the inward bit and made inroads into the
outward bit of the Kent Estuary, there was no going
back. And now Margaret's back was much improved
(thanks to all who have sympathised) and given a glorious
day, it was time to complete the trip to Grange-over-Sands.
left one vehicle in the car park in Grange and retraced
our way in the other to park over the dyke behind the
Gilpin Bridge Inn.
A590 can be a fearsome road to cross but we had no problems
and headed off south down the very straight minor road
to High Foulshaw. Very straight was to be a theme of
the day- a consequence of reclaimed land. Very straight
and at times, it must be said, rather boring and hard
on the feet!
first straightness was enlivened by good views of Whitbarrow
Scar and an early supply of some washing but
it wasn't until we left the road to climb up the embankment
at High Foulshaw that the route started to live up to
its billing as a coastal path.
lane with no view
Actually the official
path does not climb the embankment but continues along
a lane with no views. Don't understand why. We
followed the embankment as far as we could and it provided
excellent views all around.
estuary from the embankment
Particularly noticeable was the
quarry behind Sandside, of which you are hardly aware
from the other side of the estuary. Less obvious
was Ingleborough, just peeping round the side of The
had left a lone chair on the moss.
That will be
gone in the next high tide!
Indeed, the embankment,
some fifteen to twenty feet high, must
be a fun place to be in mid winter with a full tide
and a driving wind- the debris on the side showed that its potential
lay only a couple of feet below the top and were it
to be breached there are hundreds of acres of land that
across to Arnside, the viaduct and The Knott
left the embankment at Crag Cottage (more washing) and
headed inland across fields.
and its washing
found some friends on the way!
Meathop proved to be hamlet
with a curious cow and some very interesting buildings plus a surprise
hill, up to Meathop Grange- once a hospital but now
converted to dwellings.
House Farm, Meathop
the other side of the hill we crossed what I thought
was a canal that had been used for the first experiments
with iron boats.
Iron Master's test track?
I was partly, possibly right!
It was actually the River Winster but it was straight
like a canal with the water held back by sluice gates.
It came down from Castle Head. Now
a field centre, this used to be owned by John
Wilkinson, the Iron Master,
who first developed the concept of the iron boat.
have been made elsewhere to find traces of his prototypes
but I am sure I was once told that this was where he
tested the concept.
lay another very straight road, made worse by the curse
of the Victorians- the embankment was used by the
railway and effectively blocked all view seaward. We
played I-Spy to relieve the tedium. Once past
the golf course, we briefly joined the main road before
being able to take the footbridge over the railway where
we could see what we had missed and
enjoy the start of the Grange-over-Sands promenade.
the bay, in the distance, we could see the two huge
buildings of Heysham Nuclear Power Station. I
posed the question of what to do if you saw the buildings
explode? Assuming the light was not sufficient
to blind you, there would be just about a minute before
the sound wave blasted your eardrums and the fall out
started to cover you. Put like that, I start to wonder
why I am strongly in favour of nuclear energy and vehemently
to on-shore wind farms!
comes into view
left the prom at the station and fed the remains of
a carrot and pumpkin seed bun to the birds in the Oriental
Gardens before picking up the cars. The embankment part
of the walk is definitely worth remembering for another
time and other conditions!
8.7 miles covered brings our CCP total to 20.4 miles.
12th September 2009
B points out that It
is not actually necessary to cross the A590(T) to get
from Gilpin Bridge to the Foulshaw lane. There is a
new path and cycle track leading from Gilpin Bridge
towards Witherslack and this crosses the Levens Main
Drain to enable you to get onto the old A590. If you
then turn left there is a short underpass which sneaks
under the new A590 and takes you into the lane. A small
detour, but worth it!
E-mail addresses on this web site are protected
Spam Trawlers will be further frustrated
help fight spam e-mail!