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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Friday, 2 August 2019

Lancaster Cycleway - Lancaster central

1st. August 2019 - Thursday walk with Pete.

With our walks being frequent conversations tend to be formulaic as do conversations with people we meet.Today's venue was well populated with walkers and cyclists.  A middle aged couple holidaying from The Isle of Man with three dogs stopped for a chat proudly telling us all about their three dogs: a Yorkshire terrier, one terrier unidentified and the star - a Long Legged Hungarian Dachshund. Pete always tells them that he and I have known each other since teenage, and that we climbed all over Europe, throwing in several alpine peaks which list seems to increase along with our encounters.

We often recall our anecdotes for each other many of which have been previously aired, but today I had a new one from Pete.

During Pete's National Service in the RAF he was briefly assigned to an engineering shop under supervision of a friendly long serving NCO. Pete mentioned his climbing background and hinted he would like to make a piton hammer (such things were in their infancy in those days) and the kindly NCO agreed. Pete set to work and was machining the shape on a lathe when a toffee nosed officer with a reputation for strict discipline appeared.

"What are you doing airman?"

Quick as a flash from the wily long serving NCO:

" He's making a panel beating hammer sir."

" Very good airman, carry on."

Our walk was a continuation of the Lancaster cycleway from our furthest point a few months ago and it took us through the heart of historic Lancaster following the river Lune.

The Millennium Bridge was adorned with a number of padlocks (see photo below). I saw a single one on a trig point recently and have been enlightened by the younger generation about this practice. It seems couples attach  padlocks and throw away the key to demonstrate their hopefully everlasting love - I wonder if they come back later with an angle grinder after the divorce?

My daughter tells me that a bridge in Paris had so many attached to one side that it became distorted and had to be re-engineered!

The old warehouse buildings lining the river have been refurbished into quality accommodation and the whole area made attractive for this riverside walk which I remember as a place of sordid dereliction twenty years ago. The cycleway continues to Glasson Doack and beyond so this will give us  more walks ideal for Pete on good level surfaces.

Worth clicking first photo for enlarged slideshow
Setting off towards Lancaster centre. This area has a number of popular interconnecting cycle routes

 From Skerton Bridge looking down to Greyhound Bridge - Lancaster Castle on the skyline

Skerton Bridge.
Completed in September 1787. Cost £14,000 (equivalent to £1,750,000 in 2018).When it was examined in 1995 it was considered to be strong enough to carry vehicles weighing up to 40 tons—ten times the weight of the heaviest vehicles in 1783.
Skateboard park

Greyhound Bridge undergoing major surgery - the road north to Morecambe

Millennium Bridge

"Opened in 2001 Now, at long last, pedestrians and cyclists (especially cyclists) are able to cross the River Lune without dicing with death on the one-way 20,000-vehicles-per-day Greyhound and Skerton Bridges, or staggering up (and down) the long flight of steps to the walkway alongside Carlisle Bridge."

Above with thanks to where a longer quite lively account resides

"Enduring Love"

Our cycleway route followed the line of old sandstone built warehouses now converted into quality apartments and a pleasant venue to walk through compared with the dereliction that I remember from twenty years ago

Lancaster Maritime Museum - I've put it on the list for a visit

Carlisle Bridge  carrying the  West Coast Main Line railway. A  long flight of steps leads to a walkway alongside the railway'

Thomas BrasseyWilliam Mackenzie, and John Stephenson;  built between 1844 and 1846 and opened in 1847
The Millennium Bridge with the Ashton memorial on the skyline


  1. After my comment about padlocks on bridges on your post about the trig point, when yesterday we came across a bridge that illustrated the (ridiculous!) craze, I thought of you and took a snap. I've just posted it on my blog and I see that we both managed to find not just examples of the same thing, but also remarkably similar bridges on the same day!

  2. I don't really believe in fate or coincidence but I'm beginning to wonder after the various interrelated happenings between us over the years - remember Ben Lui for one. And our first meeting. How many casual meetings with other walkers have we both had over the years and from how many of those has a relationship been maintained?

  3. Not that I visit Lancaster often but I don't think I've crossed [or even seen] that Millennium Bridge.
    And I didn't realise there was a walkway by the railway bridge.
    Time for a "city break"

  4. BC - I'm open to suggestions. There is a cycleway that goes from Lancaster out to Morecambe and then south down the coast to Heysham - all sorts of possibilities. Like you (I guess) I immediately wanted to walk across that railway bridge. It is all steel - could reverse polarise one's compass, something I am now living in fear of.

  5. Sir Hugh - Your steel bridge may well deflect your compass if you were using it on the bridge, but I don’t see how it would reverse polarise it. You need a magnetic field to reverse polarise it, for example the magnets in your iPhone speakers.

  6. afoot - I,m sure you are correct but if you hear of me looking for North Yorkshire trig points in Cheshire you'll know what has happened.