We get the bus back to where we finished last week.
Beginning a walk that will stretch us both, more than a little.
This was the most uneven section of canal path we’ve walked since back in Netherton, near the beginning of this whole walk. Innocuous looking maybe, but tedious, uneven and hard walking over 6 or 7 miles.
It has to be said, this was a bit boring. Tedious walking through industrial agriculture where much of the land isn’t being used? Why? Will leaving the Common Agricultural Policy mean we well raise or grow things here again?
Finding no pubs along the canal since we left Top Lock, after a while more walking we have to temporarily leave the canal and go to a suburban pub called the Otter and Oyster for a rest, a drink and other essential services!
Can’t tell you how much more at home we feel at this point. We actually say to each other “We’re home now.”
A much more interesting section of today’s walk here in Blackburn, though the canal itself feels rather ‘remaindered, like back in Liverpool. Locks full of litter and water quality looking generally poor. Canal & River Trust?
And actually this walk was hard work. It looks better than it felt at the time. The poor quality of the path for the first seven or eight miles, then getting into Blackburn and, for the first time on this whole canal, being locked out of the canal path just back at the pub there at Eanam Wharf, is, well, inexcusable. Again, any thoughts Canal & River Trust?
We had to walk back for a bit, walk round a pub that had locked a gate on the canal path, then get back onto the path we’d been locked out of. Not ok.
But hey it’s an adventure. And when we got home tonight we were glad of all of it. There is a light and a shade in everything.
Finally for now, two maps from Sarah: