Last Saturday saw a trip to Lancashire to Glasson Dock and to see Plover Scar Lighthouse. No fantastic light but a definite revisit is on the cards – perhaps in the early morning. Still got some nice photographs though and also had a play with my Lensbaby for the first time. Thoroughly interesting place too.
Glasson Dock is steeped in history, originally becoming a small port at the mouth of the River Lune in the 1780s due to navigational difficulties in accessing the City of Lancaster further upstream. In 1825 it was connected to the Lancaster Canal to provide access from the canal to sea.
Entering the dock by boat is limited to short periods of time. The River Lune up to the dock entrance contains very little water at low tide, and the channel varies its course from time to time. Mooring below the dock entrance is not possible, and the dock gates are only opened for a period starting 45 minutes before high water and ending at high water. The entrance to the dock is controlled by traffic lights, and travelling down river is only safe for an hour immediately after high water.
The dock is connected by a lock to the marina, which has mooring facilities for 220 boats, and a wide range of boating services including chandlery, facilities for the repair of boats, a wet dock, slipway and a hoist with a capacity of 35 tons for cranage.
It’s really simple to find, just use LA2 0BU in your sat nav. And there is plenty of parking available.
Afterwards I took a short drive to Plover Scar Lighthouse hoping for a famous Morecambe Bay sunset, with a view to offer it as a fine art print and feature it in thegallery, but alas the light had gone. This is a disused lighthouse located on Cockerham Sands, on the River Lune estuary a couple of miles south of Lancaster. It was built in 1847 and de-commissioned in 1954. It still functions though – although automatically. This area is quite remote and quiet, off the beaten track and reasonably difficult to find. I hope you enjoy and please feel free to comment or visit my Facebook page and Etsy Shop.