We met the coastal path where Cockerham Marsh drains into Cockerham Sands and out into the Lune Estuary. The vaulted Chapter House is all that remains of Cockersand Abbey. I prefer its medieval name: Santa Maria de Marisco, Out Lady of the Marshes. The abbey traces back to an 1180 hermitage , becoming a hospital for the sick and for lepers, a priory and finally an abbey. Hard to imagine this coast in the late 12th century, this Chapter House in waterlogged fields that look across the estuary toward Heysham Power Station with the thirty turbines of the Barrow Wind farm visible out to sea.
We head inland above the marshes, by a sign to the Port of Lancaster Smokehouse with its traditional smoked kippers, smoked trout and shell-on prawns. A treat for another time perhaps.
An excellent walk and full of interest.
For a superb image of turnstone try ruddy turnstone Audobon.
Can it be the 28th December? A pair of pigeons mate on a frosty roof-ridge and a woodpecker is drumming, drumming to claim territory and to prepare for mating.