Mark Walks LEJOG Day 33 – Lancaster to Milnthorpe

Hullo. How are you? I hope you are having a good day. I’m Mark and I’m walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats…

The weather forecast predicted heavy rain and strong winds all day from around 9:30am, so I headed out early to get three hours of dry conditions.

The start of the walk was a march along the main roads out of Lancaster and to the coast. It was so good to be back at the sea again, even if only for today. Morecambe Bay is vast, with huge swathes of sand stretching across to the Lake District. Walking the coastal path was the plan for today, but much of it was submerged under water, with lots of flooding in the area, which gave things an interesting edge.

Today’s walk was a 19 mile hike through varied scenery, from the city to the bay to the hills to the woods, which makes for a great day.

From Barton-le-Sands, where I joined the coast path, I headed towards Silverdale, which meant a steep climb up a very slippery path to the top of Heald Brow and then down the other side through very pretty woods.

Between Silverdale and Arnside, I chalked up another milestone as I crossed from Lancashire into Cumbria, adding another county to my tally.

The coast path follows the cliff edge around the headland, which was a lot of slippery fun. Rounding the headland, I entered the very lovely town of Arnside, where the fire brigade were practising lifeboat manoeuvres and tourists ambled up and down the excellent little promenade and frequented the shops and cafes. I have always really liked Arnside, but have only visited in summer previously, so it was interesting to be there at a different time.

From Arnside, the end of the walk was a very easy stroll along good footpaths on the side of the river Kent.

I arrived into Milnthorpe and checked into the very good Bull’s Head Inn to a friendly welcome and started the process of drying all my gear.


The Day 33 Vlog


Fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support

As I walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, I am hoping to raise £10,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support, who do such a wonderful job of supporting families through the most difficult times. If you are able to spare any amount and would like to donate to MacMillan, please do so through my Just Giving Page.


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