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23rd February 2008 ride to Cockersand Abbey

23rd February 2008 ride to Cockersand Abbey
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Ride report by Barrie Usherwood
James, Simeon and myself set off from Halton towards Lancaster down the Lune Valley Cycleway. Rather a cold and windy day today so we decided not to go to Chipping but to head for the coast ! We followed through to Glasson Dock on the coastal cycleway, arriving just as two boats started to traverse the locks. It takes about quarter of an hour to rearrange the road bridge, enter the locks, close the gates, empty the lock, open the low gate, sail out, close th......... you get the drift but we were in no hurry, so stood and watched rather than take the tricky cut across the lower lock gate. Buns and tea in the cafe then off to Crook Farm using the bridleway. Turned south (no option the sea is in the way). This section was very hard to ride as the wind was blowing in, strong off the Irish Sea ( I know it was the sea because it tasted salty as it blew over us !). As we passed Plover Scar Lighthouse the road becomes a footpath past Cockesand Abbey so we walked our bikes through this section, less than a kilometer and a welcome break from being buffeted.

The road below the embankment to the east of Bank End Fm was totally submerged requiring us to use the convinient track ontop of the embankment itself then turning right towards Pattys Farm we came across

the distressing sight of several drowned sheep presumably caught out by the rapid  influx of high water.

Following the embankment round we crossed the periphery of Cockerham Marsh on the bridleway, stopping briefly for lunch then continuing towards the A588 by the dyke containg the River Cocker.

We crossed the main road to the minor lane leading first to Great Crimbles (note for a festive ride ?), then onto the end of the tarmac at Hardhead Farm. The continuing bridleway past Laithwaite and then leading on to the Garstang - Cockerham road was such a good surface it could well pass for a road.

Turned north through the lanes to Bay Horse then followed the Quernmore 'route 90' to Caton (am I the only person that knows this as 'Happy Valley').

>From Caton back down the trail to Halton. Good ride on a cold day with the rain holding off.

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