LDWA walking the Northern Loop
After walking the Southern Loop in the Spring of 2018 and the Central Loop in the Autumn of 2018, I am delighted to say that the West Lancashire group of the Long Distance Walk Association (LDWA) have decided that they want more and have now just walked the whole of the Northern Loop in the Spring of 2019.
The LDWA, was established in 1972 with the aim of furthering the interests of long distance walkers. Sport England recognises the LDWA, together with the Ramblers Association, as the governing body for “rambling” in England. It has over 40 groups across the country and organises many walks each week from Challenge events to short local walks. It is famous for its “Hundred” walks, which are held over the Spring Bank holiday weekend, and in which participants need to complete a course of 100 miles in 48 hours. More details can be found at the LDWA website – http://www.ldwa.org.uk
Why not join? Membership is currently just £13 – and I whole heartedly recommend it.
The Northern Loop has been walked over seven Thursdays in March to May 2018, taking 51 hours, and using a combination of public transport, our own cars and three coaches to link the beginning and the end of the day’s walk. The seven days were
Day 1 – Lancaster to Galgate – Stages 29 and part of Stage 30. Including a 6 mile walk around the City of Lancaster, this was just 15 miles and 998ft of ascent, with most of that being the climb up to the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park. Highlight – the history of Lancaster and the viewpoint near Glasson.
Day 2 – Galgate to Abbeystead – Stages 30, 31 and 32 – 16 miles – 1,805ft of ascent. Highlight – The summit of Nicky Nook and the Wrye valley between Dolphinholme and Abbeystead.
Day 3 – Abbeystead to Wray – Most of Stage 33 – 18 miles – 2,140ft of ascent. Highlight – The views from Wolfhole Crag.
Day 4 – Wray to Cowan Bridge – The end of Stage 33 and Stage 34 – 1,140ft of ascent. Highlight – St John The Baptist Church in the village of Tunstall – a little gem with its Bronte history and “fake of fortune” masterpiece.
Day 5 – Cowan Bridge to Kirby Lonsdale – Stages 35 – 16 miles – 1,890ft of ascent. Highlight – the views from Cragg Hill whilst eating lunch and watching the storm clouds over the Howgills whilst we were in sunshine!
Day 6 – Kirby Lonsdale to Silverdale – Stages 36, 37, 38 and most of Stage 39 – 21 miles – 1,200ft of ascent. Highlight – the views down over Leighton Hall, Leighton Moss Nature Reserve and Morecambe Bay.
Day 7 – Silverdale to Lancaster – Stages 39,40 and 41 – almost 20 miles – 800ft of ascent. Highlight – Morecambe Bay in the brilliant sunshine and Ann’s shortbread biscuits.
A BIG THANKS
I would like in particular to thank Brian Fisher for taking hundreds of great photographs on the seven days. If you follow the link at the bottom of this page you will see links to these and get such a great impression of what it is like to walk the Northern Loop of the Lancashire Way.
Brian probably covered twice the distance that the rest of us did in taking these photos – all good training for his participation in this year’s Hadrian 100, when he will be completing 100 miles across the northern Pennines in 48 hours and in Brian’s case probably much less.
For more details and photographs follow this link-