Walk 1641 - printer friendly version
Bankhouses from Glasson via the Lancashire Coastal Way Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Ascent - 200 feet / 61 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SD446561
Lat 53.9979470 + Long -2.8465947
Postcode LA2 0BT (approx. location only)
This Lancashire walk starts from Glasson Dock which at one time had high hopes as being a port serving Lancaster. The route follows a section of the Lancashire Coastal Way passing close the ruins of Cockersand Abbey before continuing east. The return uses footpaths through rural Lancashire back to the start.
The start is Glasson Dock carpark (grid ref. SD446561) from where you walk west along Tithebarn Hill through the village. Reaching a road junction, turn south. Close to here is one of the highest points on the route from where you have a good view across the River Lune Estuary. At the next junction (grid ref. SD442556), turn right along Marsh Lane. You have now joined the Lancashire Coastal Way. Follow this track west towards the coast at Crook Farm turning south, with the Estuary to your right, to Plover Hill at 7 metres above sea level! The path turns south and you have the option of taking a footpath on your left (grid ref. SD426537) to visit the ruins of Cockersand Abbey.
The main route continues along the coast to reach Bank Houses where you briefly join a road before continuing along a track to pass Bank End. The track improves to a tarmac lane. At the end of straight section the Lancashire Coastal Way goes right but for this route we keep on the road and turn left following the lane to reach Hillam. Here take the footpath on the left by Hillam Farm and walk north to Norbreck Farm (which will be on your right). Continue north passing the high spot on the route - a trig point at 23 metres above sea level.
As you descend from this 'hill', the path doglegs before reaching a T-junction (grid ref. SD450540). Turn left here and continue to the next crossroads of paths. Turn right here and walk to Moss Lane. Cross this lane and continue north to meet a track (grid ref. SD446550). Go left here and follow the road round to the right into Dobs Lane. This leads you into Old Glasson and on to rejoin the outward route. All that remains is to retrace your steps back to Glasson Dock.