Cockersands Abbey and Plover Scar Lighthouse from Glasson


the coastal path looking toward Plover Scar Lighthouse
sedimentary rock formations


Walk Overview:

This interesting circular walk crosses farmland and pasture before returning along the Lancashire Coastal Path to Glasson.

In particular, the coastal path is a changing environment, the high tides of Morecambe Bay change our view constantly as the tide ebbs and flows. It also creates a wonderful habitat for our wildlife; so there is a lot to see and admire.

But most important is the ‘light’, it’s an artists and photographers dream; big skies and high reflecting surfaces, the light dances on this wonderful corner of Lancashire.

Not much remains today of the buildings of Cockersands Abbey, much of the stone was used in local buildings and the quay across the Lune at Sunderland. The Chapter House remains whilst a few ruined walls help us understand the context in which the community lived here, on this sometime’s unforgiving coastline. They must have endured difficult conditions.

Plover Scar Lighthouse was built more than 150 years ago, it functions still, although the ‘back light of two’ was demolished when the lighthouse was automated. It marks the channel of the Lune, but imagine before it was built, there were over 100 merchant ships registered at Lancaster, this must have been a very busy shipping lane.



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Walk Details:
Start: Glasson Dock, SD44665 56056
Distance 10km (6 miles)
Ascent: 33m
Grade: moderate
NB: grading is based upon normal conditions & can be subjective
Countryside Code for the public:
be safe - plan ahead & follow any signs
leave gates & property as you find them
protect plants & animals
take your litter home
keep dogs under close control
consider other people
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