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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Lancaster again

Williamson Park - Ashton Memorial (3) On a return journey along a canal it’s often difficult to find different things to put on the blog, so probably a short one today.  We left Hest Bank in rain, with grey cloud all around. We couldn’t see the sea or bay today. Our aim was to have time to stop in Lancaster again, there were a couple of places we wanted to visit.

First stop, now the rain had stopped, was up the hill to Williamson Park and the Ashton Memorial.

Williamson Park - Ashton Memorial (2) Williamson Park - Ashton Memorial (4)

The Memorial building was commissioned by Lord Ashton as a tribute to his wife. It is considered a folly however it is used nowadays to host exhibitions, concerts, private functions and weddings.

At around 150 feet tall it dominates the Lancaster skyline. The first floor outdoor viewing gallery provides superb views of the surrounding countryside and across Morecambe Bay, but today they were rather obscured by cloud and rain.

Williamson Park - Ashton Memorial (6) Williamson Park - Ashton Memorial (7)

Our next stop was the Maritime Museum down at St. Georges Quay.

Custom House

Here we were able to find out more of the history of Lancaster as a port.

Then it was back on board and into the waterproofs again as we moved back along the lovely Lanky to Garstang, well almost. It feels good to be settled in a quiet spot with the fire going for the evening.

Hest Bank – Gargstang, 14 miles.


  1. Glad to see you made it to Williamson Park, whereI am treasurer of the Friends of the Park and also to the Maritime museum where Hilary has a Pat-time job. SorryI couldn't catch up with you there butI'm away aft present (not boasting unfortunately!

  2. "Boasting" should read "boating". I blame the predictive text on my new phone!