Weather: 🌦 then 🌤
Feeling Today:👍 but 😞
So Far: 503.41 miles, 166:21 hours
Today I left the Lake District and cut across countryside paths to join the Lancaster Canal which I’ll follow for three days. I left Cumbria and entered Lancashire, have completed 500 miles, and am half-way through my walk in terms of the number of days.
I joined the canal at Hincaster where it’s totally silted up but offers a good clear path. For the next dozen miles it’s unnavigable with only enough water for water lilies, ducks and swans, and is brutally chopped into isolated sections by the M6, A65 and other new roads.
At Tewitfield after a derelict flight of locks I met the first narrowboats. The walking was, as you’d expect, flat and easy and the towpath was well maintained. Where the canal has been dissected by roads there are clear alternative paths around. All in all uneventful.
For the last couple of hours I had 4G reception and Johnnie Walker on Radio 2 accompanied me past Carnforth – a treat, and a welcome replacement to the noise of the motorway. I enjoyed my last day of good weather for the time-being. Heavy and persistent rain is forecast for the next 48 hours …
I’m appalled by the latest terrorist attack. I’ve lots to say but won’t say it here. I hope you, your families and friends are unaffected.