Crook Walk, Lune Valley 26/12/2014


Yesterday (26/12/14) was a yellow alert day for weather & it could snow. It’s overcast so you never know. We decided that a walk up the Lune would be fine – Crook of Lune from Woodies café.
Begin with a coffee (2 x sugars). This walk is in Caton, near to Lancaster. I haven’t been to Lancaster for a while and based on the state of my car, I won’t for a good deal longer —fortunately another of our group did taxi service.
This walk is fairly popular and undemanding other than an ability to navigate the occasional muddy patch. People of all ages walked and rode bicycles up and down parts of the route. As an aside this made getting non-walker piccies tricky. I did my best.

Our route march was 3 or 4 miles, beginning and ending at Woodys Cafe.

Crook-Walk

On the Cycle Way

We began by following the old railway track that used to run from Lancaster to Kirby Lonsdale. This is now used as a bicycle way. Watch out —moving traffic!

ex-railtrack - now bicycle way, Lancaster to Kirby Lonsdale

ex-railtrack – now bicycle way

Shot of road parallel from bicycle way, near Caton

Shot of road parallel from bicycle way, near Caton

Bicycle way 3, near Caton

Bicycle way 3, near Caton

Bicycle way 4, near Caton

Bicycle way 4, near Caton

Rivulet by bicycle way, near Caton

Rivulet by cycle way

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Xmas decorations on the cycle way

The Lancaster and of this railway track terminates in Glassdon Dock where the Lancaster canal links to the sea. This dock was used for bringing coal in during the miners’ strike.

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Looking back on Xmas decorations

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(no) entry barrier

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Trellis effect on window —full height of wall

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Group photo

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The path ahead is long

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Nature Trail sign fallen to nature

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Tributary to the Lune

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Last look at the cycle way, Here we branch away

To the Lune

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We reach the Lune; we are close to otter land

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Trying to capture swirls and eddies

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Looking back

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More swirls and eddies

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Looking ahead to the Crook

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An islet

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Looking away from the islet

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100 yards later, looking back

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Almost at the tip of the Crook

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Can I see a hut in the woods?

We’re at the Crook —It’s Stone Skimming Time


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Stone skimming 1

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Stone skimming 2

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Stone skimming 3

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Stone skimming 4 – the last cast

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No it’s not a hut – just roots and trees

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This part of the Crook looks fairly deep

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Looking back at the Crook

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A submerged wall / channel guide

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What’s that bridge?

Bridge Across the Lune

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We’ll be crossing that

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Fenced by railings

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Overgrown plant. Long disused.

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Stairs away, leading across the Lune.

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Looking back down at the plant.

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Walkway accompanied by lots of pipes.

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Fencing from a forgotten age (not that long back)

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Ahead to the other side ‘THE OTHER SIDE!!!’ 🙂

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Group photo sans pose

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Rose Insignia on bridge to suggest a Lancashire connection

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A last zoom in on the plant

Woods and Back

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Some clips to remind me of mud

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Gone are the days when I could skip through these with ease

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Rivulet up

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Rivulet down

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path up away from the mud

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an ex-weir?

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a last false trail away from our path

Having finished this trail, we immediately went to Woodys for bacon and egg butties (Thx Les). Followed by banter about weight and crispy bacon.

Heysham beckoned so we went down by-roads to see what we could see. The tide was in and the cafe closed so, unfortunately no shots of Morecambe Bay. Back we went, back through the roadworks on the M6, at the Lancaster turn-off –and back to gloomy Rossendale, where a party waited.

The snow waited until evening and its fall was light, intermingled with sleet and rain — temperature between freezing and 6º C.

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About Terence Park

Collections: vinyl records, comic books, paperbacks; I've plenty of them all. I also do spreadsheets.
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