I have stumbled across a guide book written by John Convey for this walk through Lancashire. A two-section walk linking medieval monastic sites of Lancashire and South Cumbria, beginning in southwest Lancashire at Upholland, and making its way up to Furness Abbey in what is now Cumbria. The first section finishes at Sawley Abbey. The second starts at Cockerham Priory and continues to Furness Abbey. The author has researched the area well and writes a lively account of the history of the various localities. A third of his guide consists of references and sources to his research and give more than some authenticity to the places visited. Time will tell if his walking route is worthwhile.
The guide gives good public transport information and I intend to eschew my car for the duration. Out with the bus pass and Senior Railcard. I hopefully will complete the way on an ad hoc daily basis with regard to the winter weather and other commitments. Should be ideal for the short daylight at the end of the year.
Convey has an obvious liking of the variety of landscapes in the ‘old’ Lancashire. As well as the monastic houses from Medieval times he includes many other religious places of note along the way. As he says –
“Every time I see a church
I pay a little visit
So when at last I’m carried in
The Lord won’t say ‘Who is it’?