On first inspection Plumpton Marsh doesn't seem like it has a lot going for it. But take a walk along the coast and its amazing what wildlife springs out at you. Not only that but the coastal path meets up with the Ulverston Canal, with possible sightings of an otter or two.
The canal was built to connect the centre of the town to Morecambe Bay and to provide Ulverston with its own port. When it was first built it was 1½ miles long, 15 feet deep and 66 feet wide. Within a few years problems with shifting channels and sands that kept boats away were rectified and trade began to increase with ships coming from Glasgow, Liverpool and London. The death of the canal came when boats brought in materials to build a railway and the Leven viaduct and then finally the Furness Railway Company bought the canal in 1862. It has since been bought by GlaxoSmithKline, who have owned the canal for 35 years.
From the Plumpton Marsh car park walk past the welcome signs with the gate on your right. The track is just a worn path which will take you along the shore. When the ground becomes shingle take the slipway passed Sea Wood. Carry on along this road for 5 minutes and the canal can be seen on your right.
Always check the tide table as you could get cut off by the tide, the good news is there is a pub on the canal side to pass the time whilst you wait!
Find out the latest Ulverston tidal times
Having looked across the Duddon Estuary to the lakeland fells for 3 years it was time to jump across and start working for the West Lakes team. It has been a big leap from a sand dune system but I'm getting stuck into the more practical side of "Rangering" and sharing my love of the ecological side of things with my new team. Hopefully I'll see you at our 50 things events here in Wasdale!?