We decided last night that we would stop at Lymm today, and had planned to arrive late morning. This, we hoped, would give us the best chance of finding two mooring spots. So we set off just after seven. The weather was was a bit grey and drizzly at first, but then cheered up. We
Just 11 miles and no locks today. After breakfast we did a walk around the lake then set off. Worsley was reached about lunchtime, so we stopped for lunch and then decided to stay. Another walk after lunch around the Delph to view the various historic information regarding the original mines.
16 miles, 30 locks After having set off just before seven we made our way to the top of the locks for water (and showers). The Johnson’s Hillock flight are really well maintained and easy, though the bottom gates are heavy. We were trying to get to the top of the Wigan flight by twelve
An early start as we needed to get to Wigan on Monday. First the 20+ mile pound before the locks in Blackburn. We were quickly through Burnley. You would expect good views from the embankment but that’s not the case. There are a few swing bridges along this section, but they didn’t cause any problems.
1.5 miles, 4 locks Richard the lock keeper advised us to move up to the bottom of tne lock flight. He thought that there was a possibility of getting us through this morning. Unfortunately his boss said “no”, so we’re stuck here now. We have heard from tne C&RT guys that they are starting work
Early in the morning I reversed back to the junction, then reversed up the Springs branch to Pennine Cruisers to get a pumpout. The guy there said they were too busy with the day boats and come back later after 10:30. So we all piled into Andrew’s car and drove up to Bank Newton to