Day 39 – Carnforth to Garstang

Weather: 🌨🌧

Feeling: 👍 but 🤷‍♂️📱

So Far: 522.59 miles, 172:19 hours


I was expecting today to be wet – well, it was foul. It suited the fowl better than me. Lots of herons along the canal (unless it’s the same one migrating southwards with me?!).

The towpath from Bolton-le-Sands where I’d stayed overnight was tarmaced all the way to, and beyond, Lancaster. Unlike yesterday it was also deserted, with the few people I came across, heads covered and bowed against the weather and – like me – not keen to stop and discuss how awful the weather was, how nice it had been yesterday and how I was going the wrong way etc.

I took a slight diversion into Lancaster to do some admin, have a coffee and cheese scone, and at last find my map – I hadn’t expected to be pleased to see Liverpool.

I have another full day tomorrow on the Lancaster Canal but have already run out of things to say about it. It’s level (no locks) all the way from Tewitfield (halfway yesterday) to Preston (tomorrow evening) and has some impressive aqueducts like this one over the River Lune at Lancaster.

Have you had enough photos of a bridge over the canal yet? Barge envy, Gav?

The afternoon rain was torrential as I pressed onto ugly-named Garstang. To get The Proclaimers’ ‘500 Miles’ out of my head (thanks, Sue!) and because Johnnie W’s not on for another week (not a fan, Tom?) I needed my iPod, but it was just too wet.

At the end of the day I suffered a sense of humour failure, an equipment failure (my phone and map-my-walk stopped three miles short – in fact I did 19 miles today), and a hotel reception service failure, but I’m happier now. Tomorrow I press on to Preston.


11 thoughts on “Day 39 – Carnforth to Garstang

  1. Keep that large chin of yours up matey , rain and wind will abate , the sun will shine through again and at least your not going to a city full of chippy brookside lookalikes ……… oh nuts

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  2. On a very wet morning here in Salisbury you brought a smile to my face as I looked at your photos, especially the one of you, and I’m not referring to the one in a coffee shop! Hope today is better, but somehow I doubt it having just seen the weather forecast in your area. ☔️🌧

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  3. Oh dear, a tough day…..well done.
    Perhaps humming Wet Wet Wet numbers or the Travis hit might help erase the Proclaimers ?
    I suspect I know the Barge/Gav reference but not for sharing here.
    Press on regardless, as they say in the North.

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  4. That”s what they call an “earworm”. Here’s a couple more to replace The Proclaimers – Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head and Sunshine on a rainy day, makes my soul, makes my soul, Trip, Trip away! I think we have had a “bridge too far”. More weird selfies please!

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  5. My favourites from the precipitation-themed charts include
    Umbrella from Rhianna – “Now that it’s raining more than ever, Know that we’ll still have each other, You can stand under my umbrella”
    or better still
    Sunshine after the Rain by Elkie Brooks – “every night I pray, tomorrow brings a sunny day and happy things, just like the way it used to be for you and me, I want to see the sunshine after the rain”

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  6. Interestingly, when I do Find My iPhone for our two devices, you and I are now on the same page. Obviously without changing the scale. Progress!

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  7. Chris,

    How did you ever manage to get a photo of Mick Fleetwood in that red coat ? Or is it Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) – now there’s a tune to gently sing along to “……….Happy and I’m smiling, walk a mile to drink your water, You know I’d love to love you and above you there’s no other, We’ll go walking out while others shout of war’s disaster, Oh, we won’t give in, let’s go living in the past…….”

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  8. Preston is home to the British Commercial Vehicle Museum. However, I would go straight to your rooms on arrival, and leave at first light. You will soon be ‘Walking on Sunshine’ once again. And ‘don’t it feel good!’

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