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Things to do in Glasson Dock

Head out on a leisurely bike ride, take in the history or pop into the local pub. There's plenty to see and do!

From your base here at Moss Wood Caravan Park, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding where to go and what to do in the surrounding area. Glasson Dock is a mere three and a half miles away by road or the picturesque village is easily reached by foot or bicycle if you’re feeling more energetic.

Historic Glasson Dock

Glasson Dock near Moss Wood Caravan Park

The former farming and fishing village of Glasson Dock has a number of local shops as well as places to eat, but first you may want to have a look round the dock and lock that give the village its name. Because of the difficulty of navigating up the river Lune to Lancaster, it was decided to build a dock at Glasson in 1779. Sugar, spices, cotton, and slaves from the Indies and Africa all landed at Lancaster port, by way of Glasson Dock at its height, and up to 25 merchant ships were able to tie up here, before navigating up the Lune.

Glasson Dock continues to thrive to this day, albeit on a smaller scale, and handles around 150,000 tonnes of cargo a year, including coal, foodstuffs and fertiliser. The dock itself is connected to the marina by a lock and is used by pleasure boats of all sizes. If you’re interested in the history of British canals or maritime past, or simply want to while away some time watching the toing and froing in the docks, Glasson is not to be missed.

 

Surrounding area

Glasson Dock Marina Lancaster

After stopping off for a bite in the village, there are some excellent walks to enjoy in the surrounding area. The village is linked to Lancaster (only five and a half miles to the north by road) by the Lune Estuary Cycleway. Set off from the large car park in the village on the smooth and scenic cycle path which is built along the former railway branch line that carried goods to Glasson Dock until the 1960s, when the line was closed.

The going is easy and you can enjoy the fresh air at your leisure as you make your way to Lancaster. The cycleway is suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities, so is ideal for family trips. The path is part of the Bay Cycle Way and you have the option of carrying on past Lancaster to stunning Morecambe Bay, which is within easy reach by bicycle. The cycle route south from Morecambe Bay offers some of the best sea views in the UK.

Glasson Dock also sits on the Lancashire Coastal Way national footpath, making it an easy way to get to and from Moss Wood. Once you’re there, you might want to try the converted static caravan turned outdoor cafe, the Lock Keepers Rest. Or why not try out the local pub, the Dalton Arms?

For information on cycle routes from Moss Wood to Glasson Dock and on the Lune Estuary Cycleway, click here.

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