Saturday, 1 August 2015
Friday, 17 July 2015
Saturday 18 July.
We left the Premier Inn at 9am and we were back on the canal at 9:15am, with only 8 miles left to go. A short walking day, sunny but windy. At times a little too windy.
Just a correction to an earlier post. What we saw previously, on the other side of the canal were probably bullrushes not bamboo. We saw some close up today.
Friday 17 July.
Almost ideal walking weather today. Conditions ranged from overcast to full sunshine. However there was always a breeze, sometimes a bit too strong, to keep us from overheating. At about 16 miles, 15 of which was along the canal, today was our longest walking day.
We were going to stop in Maghull, but decided to continue on all the way to Aintree. That way we get an easy last day, of less than 10 miles, tomorrow.
We stayed at Heskin's Farm in Burscough and took our evening meal in the "Hop Vine." A great meal, but a very busy pub. We would happily return to either establishment. We breakfasted early, 7:30 am and were on the road at 9am. In 10 minutes we were back on the canal and soon passed our first pub of the day.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Thursday 16 july.
We left our hotel at 8am and went into Wigan town centre for breakfast. We also had to find, and then go to, an EE shop to top up our cell phone, otherwise there may have been no more blogs.
For others planning a trip like ours I would suggest taking a day off in Wigan to see the sights. It seems an interesting town.
In my childhood Wigan was the butt of many comedian's jokes, particularly its Pier. It was radio though, not TV, in those days. We bumped into one of the radio stars in the shopping mall we went to, to find EE. Do you recognize him? (Clue - he's not "leaning on a lampost at the corner of the street in case a certain little lady goes by.")
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Wednesday 15 July.
As we had more than 25km to walk today we got up early and were on the canal again by 9am. The weather was sunny, with a cool wind, ideal for walking.
Within less than a mile we were walking beneath the M65 but we could hear it long before and long after reaching the bridge. The noise was quite intruisive.