473 Cockersand Abbey

"Armed trespassers will be prosecuted". No, we're not in the Wild West but on Lancashire's western coast, by Cockersand Abbey. This remote spot was home to Hugh the Hermit in the 12th century. It then became a Premontratensian Abbey (try saying that in a hurry!) and served for 350 years until closed by Henry VIII. "It's wonderful in winter with the sea spray over your head", enthused a lady we met, but with pink thrift flowering in profusion, winter seemed a distant memory.

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LOCATION: Three miles west of M6 Junct 33
START: Glasson Basin car park, off A588, toilets.
Grid ref: SD446562 Postcode: LA2 0BT
DISTANCE: 5.5 miles
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer - Lancaster & Morecambe Landranger 102
EN ROUTE: Lancashire Coastal Way, Lancaster Canal

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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