Tuesday 22nd March 2016 – 664.72 miles.
We started walking at 6.45. Again, easy level walking along a good towpath.
The canal did it’s usual thing weaving along first one way then the other snaking it’s way along the valley. To our left we had glimpses of the coast over the rooftops of Hest Bank, Bolton-le-Sands and Carnforth towards Grange-Over-Sands on the other side of Morecambe Bay.
Although boats can go no further the towpath is still walkable so we made our way towards Kendal. We walked back down to the canal and turned right along a narrow footpath which took us under a bridge and alongside the M6 and back out onto the towpath.
For the first time since joining the canal at Preston we started to walk uphill. There is a flight of 8 locks, all unusable for the time being but, there are plans to reopen the canal up to it’s original destination of Kendal, sometime in the future.
This part of the canal fell into dereliction when a several sections of the canal were compromised during the building of the M6 motorway.
We had a pleasant walk up to the top lock then followed the footpath signs over the M6 and back onto the towpath the other side.
We found the perfect spot just by the side of the towpath in a wooded area soon to be covered by bluebells. Dave cooked supper while I collected enough wood for a small campfire. Supper eaten, we sat by the fire chatting about our day.
As I have been writing this blog, we are sitting by a cosy campfire – we can hear an owl hooting nearby and Dave has been putting some dubbin on my boots – thanks Dave.
We met so many people today who asked us about our walk:-
Celine Desmond – thanks for your donation; Joe Pearson of Morecambe Ramblers and member of the Lions Club who made an online donation – thank you and thanks also for the weather forecast and have a good walk in Windermere tomorrow; Glyn and Cath and their youngest grandson Myles; Pat from Leeds – thanks for your donation; Ian and Chris who are keen walkers – thanks for all the info about Camino walks – you have inspired us; and last but not least, Pete “The dog” – thanks for your donation.