Catch this quiet corner of the Lancashire coast on a misty morning and it’s like a lost world. Creeks meander and loop through saltmarsh, wraith-like mists swirl across placid pools, invisible stock grazes the nearby reeds, halyards rustle against ghostly masts.
On summer afternoons the area is equally enchanting, with pinks colouring the shoreline and glistening Morecambe Bay preparing for a sunset of riotous colours. The distant Lakeland mountains complete the painting.
1 Glasson dock
Start at the The Stork Inn and join the Lancashire Coastal Way to Glasson, once a railway that linked to Lancaster. The dock thrives as a leisure marina while still catering for coasters and inshore fishing boats. It was built in 1787 to serve Lancaster, as the city’s wharves and channel had silted up. In 1825, it was connected to the inland waterways network by a branch of the Lancaster Canal, allowing large ships to reach Lancaster.
Looking towards Glasson Dock, Lancashire ©Getty
Turn along Tithebarn Hill, topping out beyond the village edge and an immense panorama of marsh, bay and hills. Keep left, then go right from the sharp-left bend on to Marsh Lane and, beyond caravans, along a grassy field track to Crook Farm. Turn left along the lane here.
2 The lighthouse
Fork right at Lighthouse Cottage, recalling a lighthouse built in 1847. The wooden-towered 16m (54ft) lighthouse, lit by paraffin lamps until 1947, was demolished in 1954.
Continue along the shoreline before veering left to the remains of Cockersand Abbey, founded in 1192. Walk through the derelict farmyard and along the access track to Moss Lane. Bear left, drinking in the wide horizons and the distant Bowland Fells. Keep right at the junction, remaining on Moss Lane to the left turn for Glasson Dock.
A view Cockersand Abbey near Cockerham, Lancashire ©Getty
3 To the Stork Inn
After 650m, take the waymarked gate right and walk the edge of two fields to a drainage ditch. Turn right; in 200m go left on the fenced track, reaching a road beyond a gate and houses. Turn right for 80m, then left along a track beside Hill House. Beyond the pen, walk ahead to the canal bridge; drop to the towpath and turn right, canal to your left. At the bridge past The Mill, turn right to find The Stork Inn.
Click on the map below for an interactive version of the route.
HOW TO GET THERE
The estuary-side car park is along narrow Corricks Lane in front of The Stork Inn at Conder Green. Buses run regularly between Lancaster and Glasson via Conder Green.
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Lancaster Visitor Information Centre
Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH
The Stork Inn
Corricks Lane, Conder Green, Lancaster LA2 0AN
An atmospheric old inn.
Corricks Lane, Lancaster