Another day, another Top Lock. We suspect this won’t be the last of these on our way along the canal from Liverpool to Leeds. As usual now, we begin the day where we aim to finish, parking the car here at Wheelton.
Sarah, to give credit where it’s definitely due, is the principal arranger of these days. Does all the maps, food and logistics and on this one will also do a good half of the photographs.
Though as it turns out, due to the vicissitudes of public transport on a Sunday, it will end up taking us a good while before we get back to Adlington where we left off our walk back in early May.
We pass a mile or two of boats with adjacent gardens which are effectively static caravans and aren’t getting their pictures on here, before coming to a more interesting encampment. Do you remember every Happy Eater used to have one of there tree characters in the playground outside? Well this one’s somehow ended up here. Any idea what these are? We pass several next to bridges. All empty except for one back at adlington filled with what look like railway sleepers?
And here, a particularly lovely set of photographs from blog reader, writer and fellow walker Sarah Horton. Nature, light, reflections and refractions.
And a word here about this walking. We set off back in February thinking we’d have this all done by now and yet here we are at the end of June around about a third of the way to Leeds. Partly because we both have other things we’re doing. But mainly because we’re loving this so much we don’t want to rush it. Every section of this canal has been a delight to be carefully treasured. We are, quite literally, having the time of our lives doing this walking together.
Where we get talking to Elisa and Joe, locals from Dark Lane by here.
Next time we plan to walk from here to Blackburn. Then we’ve booked a place to stay in Barnoldswick late in July, where we’ll base ourselves to reach the top of the Pennines.