A wander by the Wyre

My Monday walk this week was done just yesterday and was actually Plan B when Plan A didn’t work out. I started off mid morning at the big car boot sale near the village of St Michael’s on Wyre; normally held every weekend from May bank holiday until the end of September it was the first time this year that it was on and I’d been looking forward to it.
My original intention, once I’d looked round all the stalls twice, was to drive over to Garstang and walk along a section of the Lancaster canal but when I came to take the first couple of photos at the car boot my camera told me that all images would be stored on the internal memory, which I thought was rather odd until I found the media card was missing – I’d transferred it to my card reader a few days previously and forgotten to put it back in the camera.

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View from the car boot field
Not knowing how many photos I could take using the camera’s internal memory – I suspected not very many – and with a lot of grey clouds around anyway there was no point going all the way to Garstang so I decided to have a short walk along a section of the River Wyre instead. Driving into the village I parked near the primary school then walked the hundred yards or so along the main road and over the bridge to the riverside path and the start of the walk; it’s a walk I’m familiar with as I camped a few times at a lovely little site nearby several years ago.
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River Wyre from the bridge

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While the river meandered round and doubled back on itself the path carried straight on, first through a tree shaded area close to a small field of sheep then along the high bank of the river itself with a couple of pleasant meadows on my left below the bank. At the next bend there was just one lone person sitting fishing; the river wound back on itself again there, skirting the edge of another meadow and effectively making it a dead end so I knew I would end up retracing my steps.
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Continuing to follow the river round the edge of the meadow I came to the junction of a narrow brook and I remembered that on the next bend there should be a small sandy beach. I was right, the beach was still there, so I went down off the bank and let Poppie have a few minutes paddle before I continued round the edge of the meadow. Eventually I could go no farther as my way was blocked by a fence and gate leading to a small development of waterside holiday lodges so I cut diagonally back across the meadow and rejoined the main riverside path along the top of the bank.
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The Bowland fells in the distance

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Heading back to the road I almost stood on a toad in the middle of the stony path. At first I thought it may be injured but it hopped a couple of paces when I touched it; up ahead I could see a couple coming towards me with a big dog so to save the possibility of the toad being snapped at I picked it up and put it gently in the foliage off the path.
Back at the bridge I crossed the road to the riverbank at the other side with the intention of walking along for a mile or so – another route I’ve done before – but there was a small herd of cows up ahead with a couple of mean looking ones right in the middle of the path. I had no intention of getting into an argument with those two so I gave up on that idea and decided to call it a day and make tracks for home.
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Passing St. Michael’s Church I found it was open to visitors for ‘private prayer’ – not that I’m religious – so finding somewhere suitable to leave Poppie for a few minutes I went to take a look and found I was the only person in there. A church has occupied that site from at least the 13th century; the present church was probably built in the 15th century with alterations being made in the 17th century. The chapel at the north of the church dates from 1480, it was repaired in 1797 and restored in 1854. The tower is said to date from 1549 and houses a ring of three bells hung in a timber frame. Inscribed with Gothic script the treble bell was originally cast in 1458 and was given to the church by a French lady; the second bell was cast in 1663 by Geoffrey Scott of Wigan while the third bell dates from 1742 and was cast by Abel Rudhall of Gloucestershire.
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The colourful corner in the angle of the church wall was my final shot, the camera’s internal memory was full, so there was nothing else I could do other than return to the van and head for home. My day hadn’t worked out as I’d originally planned but I’d made the best of it, Poppie had a paddle and I actually got more photos than I thought I would so I suppose it was still a success even though it was a minor one.

 

8 thoughts on “A wander by the Wyre

  1. You can always do Plan A another day when it’s not so overcast. It looks a good size car boot sale, I hope you found some bargains.Your walk turned out alright and lovely to see Poppie having a little paddle. I’m glad you moved the toad out of harm’s way šŸ™‚

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  2. Plan A is definitely for a day with more blue sky and sunshine and less cloud as I know the scenery on the particular section of the canal I want to walk is very pretty. Poppie enjoyed her riverside paddle, in fact she didn’t want to come out, and I was happy to move the toad to safety.

    On a normal day and in good weather that car boot sale is huge but it was the first time open this year so not all the stalls were there. The one thing I like about it is that apart from the very few catering vans it’s all purely car boot stuff, there are no traders allowed so it doesn’t become more like a market. I didn’t find what I was originally looking for as the stall wasn’t there but I did get a great little table for Michael’s room and it can be put into use without turning the place upside down a third time! šŸ™‚

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  3. Well it might have been Plan B, but it was still a good one! We turned back on a walk at the weekend because we had to cross a field which turned out to be full of young bullocks who seemed extremely interested in us. After past experiences with cattle I refused to go further. Fortunately it was near the beginning of the route so within a few minutes we were on a new trail.

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  4. Cows don’t normally bother me and there were no youngsters among those I saw so if I’d been on my own I would have continued the walk but I didn’t want to risk it because of Poppie. The change of plan actually turned out okay, especially when I found that I could go into the church to get a few photos šŸ™‚

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  5. I wanted to do the original walk for my Monday post on here but couldn’t have done it justice with so much grey cloud around. I need some of your fabulous blue sky! šŸ™‚ At least there was an alternative so all wasn’t lost šŸ™‚

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  6. I actually got 38 shots out of the camera’s internal memory which was more than I expected and just enough to do this walk. As soon as I got back home I put the memory card back in the camera! šŸ™‚

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