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Old Glasson Farm
Glasson Dock, Nr. Lancaster LA2 0AU
Take B5290 off A588 Approximate 3 mile South of Lancaster. At Roundabout turn Left Signpost industrial estate.
Over canal bridge turn Right. Site entrance on the Right between large hedge.
The Wyre Villager Bus route 89 passes the site entrance also Glasson dock is within easy walking distance of the site. this harbour originally opened in 1787, following the demise of Lancaster as a port, and was at its height the largest port in the North West, importing cotton, sugar, spices and slaves from Africa and the Indies. Lancaster canal was important in affording swift distribution of cargo landed at the port into the heart of industrial Lancashire. Glasson is still a thriving port handling over 150,000 tonnes of cargo annually. The village of Glasson has a small selection of shops and places to eat, smoke house and there are excellent walks in the surrounding countryside and along the coast of Morecambe Bay. Linked to Lancaster by the Lune Estuary Cycleway. Attractive and interesting environment with walks right round the harbour. Large public car park.
Article from our news letter "The Wittering Witch"
Although Old Glasson Farm has been a firm favourite with members since the 60s, we all have our favourite things to do and see but the extra days available gives us the opportunity to try something different. Here are a few suggestions:
For the walkers the Lancashire Coastal Footpath is accessible and will take you to Cockersands Abbey and Cockerham Sands, while the Lancaster Canal goes inland via Galgate to Lancaster and Garstang. The old railway line to Lancaster is another way to walk to the city and this is shared with cyclists who may venture further afield to the Crook of Lune or Morecambe - all traffic free on good surfaced tracks.
Days out in the car can easily take you to the above mentioned or along the coast to Knott End (and ferry to Fleetwood), Blackpool, The Trough of Bowland, the Lake District or Sunderland Point.
A local bus runs from Lancaster via Glasson and Knott End to Poulton (connecting with Blackpool or Fleetwood).
Supermarket, shops, Thursday open air market and swimming pool are at Garstang - passing the Ice Cream Farm at Cockerham on the way.Three pubs and a cafe in the village provide meals and the local shop is well stocked, but a visit to the smokehouse for some kippers or other seafood specialities is a must. All this and some on-site activities should be quite tempting for anyone with a week to spare in August. Be there!
A short distance along the coast from the site stands Cockersands Abbey. The Abbey was built in 1180 as a hermitage by Hugh Garth, a hermit of great renown, who founded a hospital for lepers and other sick people. Ten years later it became a place of great worship for a group of Canons who developed it into a priory then later the Abbey of St Mary of the Marsh - so called because of its position on a clay bank surrounded by marshy ground. All that remains today is a rare example of an octagonal chapter house, but some stonework can be found on nearby buildings and sea defences plundered from the Abbey. Looking across the Lune Estuary from the Abbey remains you will see Sunderland Point. Following problems with silting up in the river, shipping bound for the docks at Lancaster began to unload at Sunderland Point but eventually the tidal marshes crossed to reach the point proved troublesome and Glasson Dock became the favoured port. A visit to this windswept but delightful hamlet is not complete without a look at 'Sambo's grave, a final resting place for a slave who accompanied his master all the way from the West Indies, only to die on arrival in England. This sad story is 250 years old, but people still leave flowers on the grave. Whilst a visit to Cockersands Abbey can be part of a walk or cycle ride, Sunderland Point is a car trip, perhaps combined with a visit to Lancaster or Heysham or Morecambe. Sunderland Point is probably at its most attractive around high tide, but can be cut off by this, though it shouldn't be a problem in August.