From Station to Station today as I use the train to get to my start point today. This is very convenient as I’m still staying at the Youth Hostel in Arnside.
Besides the railway station, Cark in Cartmel is a pretty village with a couple of pubs and a shop. Nearby, during the war there was an RAF airfield at Flookburgh.
Today is market day in Milnthorpe where I start today’s walk. I take a walk around the stalls and say a cheery good morning to a few people.
In the square I meet Sue who runs a butty van which is very popular. Sue started her business up 25 years ago under the Prince of Wales scheme. She was one of the first recipients of a grant from the Prince of Wales Trust. I can highly recommend her bacon baps.
I actually start today a Hest Bank, just north of Morecambe, where I finished yesterday.
Following the coastal path I pass caravan parks and camping sites that look over the vast sands and marshes of Morecambe Bay. The bay is notorious for its quicksands and moving tides. There are local royal appointed guides that can walk you across the bay, but that is only at certain times of the year.
I leave Lancaster by crossing over the Millennium Bridge and making my way down the north side of the River Lune.
My planned route was by road towards Sunderland Point, but just beyond the village of Overton, the road was still under water which had not cleared since high tide. That was something I had not taken into account, so I ended up taking the long way round.
I actually start my walk today at Knotts End as the ferry from Fleetwood was out of action due to maintenance on the slipway.
I start with ba coffee and teacake at the Knott End Café which used to be part of the railway station until the 1960’s. It’s a popular meeting place for bikers on a Wednesday night.
From the quiet leafy resort of St. Annes , through the golden bustling resort of Blackpool, to the fishing port of Fleetwood.
Before I set off from the pier at St. Annes I pay my respects to the great comedian, Les Dawson who was born here. They have erected a statue in his memory in the garden next to the pier.
Today I walk from the big city on the River Ribble to the open sea.
Like many riverside cities the dock area has seen many changes as it has been redeveloped into a marina with retail outlets and apartments. The port was one of the first touse the roll on, roll off ferries. The cost of dredging the river and the slower turnround of ships saw the docks decline.
Today I resume my walking challenge after a little time off with my wife who is recovering after cracking her sternum.
I walk along the Banks marshes which are very flat. This part of the country is the market garden of England with lots of farms that grow and process fruit and vegetables.
Today I have two people joining me on the walk, my wife Christine and my daughter Julie. Unfortunately a seaside walk ends up with most of the day spent in A & E.
We arrive in Southport but before we start we use the facilities at Wetherspoons and also fill up on coffee.
After the beach party and the silly hats it’s back to the serious matter of facing the challenge I am undertaking. The weather is not as windy yesterday, it’s a pity the wind did not stay away yesterday for the beach party.
Again, Christine, my wife is joining me; it’s great to have her company on the walk. It’s a lovely walk along the beach to Altcar. It seems a popular place for people riding sand buggies.