WALX Activity: Glasson Dock Adventure

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Pace: Moderate

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Intensity: Medium

  • 3

Gradient: Low

  • 2
Explorer Open WALX

Price: £9.00

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Main Instructor:

WALX Preston

Hosted By:

Susan Spall

Walk Description:

Come and join us for a 13 km flat walk along the coast at Glasson Dock and Cockerham then inland and down the Glasson Branch of the Lancaster canal.

From the dock we head out to the coast which is the estuary to the river Lune, you look across at Sunderland point. As we walk along the coast, we see the Plover scar Lighthouse and then abit further up we pass the Chapter House of Cockerham Abbey. After leaving the coast we head across inland and pass Thurnham Hall and then onto the Glasson Branch of the Lancaster canal, this is a delightful quiet branch, this leads us back to the dock and car park.

There will be a shorter route offered of 10km which goes the same way until the Chapter House then we head inland back towards the first portion of the Glasson Branch of the Lancaster canal.

Stop midway in the walk to enjoy a snack or picnic lunch overlooking the coast. We will have this before the groups split.

Looking at seeing if ‘the stork’ pub Conder Green, can accomadate us for something to eat, after we finish the walk, details to follow.  


Glasson Dock - was opened in 1787 as part of the port of Lancaster, was moving 10,000 tonnes a day to the Isle of Man amongst other places.  

Plover Scar Lighthouse - built in 1847 also known as the Abbey Lighthouse, is still active and recently was renovated after a vessel navigating into the docks at night ran into it.  

Chapter House – is the remains of the 13th century Cockerham Abbey. The abbey is a ruined 12th century Premonstratensian monastery, overlooking the estuary of the river Lune. The abbey was founded iin1180 as a simple hermitage but was raised 10 years later to status of a fully-fledged Abbey in 1190 AD.  

Thurnham Hall - once a battlemented 16th century mansion, once the family home of the Daltons.  

Glasson Branch - this branch off the Lancaster canal was opened in 1826 as a route to the sea.    


It is essential to register and book in advance online.


It is advisable to wear a bum bag with a water bottle or hydration pack. Do bring a high energy snack to have on the hoof or as soon as we finish. Wear comfortable clothing that suitable for the weather. Do wear sturdy grippy shoes.

We respect people`s busy agendas and do like to start promptly. Please arrive 5 minutes early for your class and be ready to start on time.


Walk speed guide:

Gentle stroll - Gear 1 - Nice pace that you can do for extended periods. 2-2.5mph (these generally are our Wellness walks)   Easy walk - Gear 2 - Faster pace gained through technique. Expect Gear 2 at times throughout the walk with occasional photo stops. 2.5mph (Most of our 1-hour Explorer walks)   Moderate walk - Gear 2/3 - Faster again using technique and with less recovery. Very little stopping. 2.5mph-3mph+ (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks)   Strenuous walk - gear 3/4  (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks).

You are asked to contact your WALX Guide by phone, leaving a voicemail or sending an sms text to the number listed below, if you are likely to be delayed as we do start classes promptly.

Whilst we do understand that sometimes it is not possible to make a class, please be aware that we do operate a no refund policy if you give us less than 2 hours’ notice.

All activities are undertaken at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for any injuries or accidents incurred. We undertake to deliver all classes with qualified staff and have made every effort to risk assess all WALX. On occasions it is necessary to make dynamic risk assessment decisions when there is a localised incident such as trees fallen en route, flooding, traffic changes, etc.

Please ensure your PARQ is up to date and notify us in writing if you have any change to your medical records, or physical or mental wellbeing. This should include any surgery, falls, knocks, or accidents. Thank you.

Contact details (only contact to notify if late or cancelling)

Matt 07530 813225