Day 40 – Garstang to Preston

Weather: 🌧🌬

Feeling: πŸ‘πŸ˜΄

So Far: 539.52 miles, 177:42 hours


Garstang may have an ugly name but I think it might be a nice place. It claims to be the world’s first Fair Trade town, has the Wyre viaduct, a heritage trail and its own ‘Visit Garstang’ centre, and boasts a pretty marina. It also has a ‘Booths’ – northern for ‘Waitrose’ I gather. I’d have spent some time looking about but needed to stride out and rejoin the canal towpath (and it was pouring down).

It was an uneventful and fairly featureless walk. I didn’t meet a single person on about a dozen miles of the towpath until I reached Preston – not even a dogger – except for a chap who seemed to be trying to seal a leak in the canal wall with an expanding foam – messy, not easy, not convincing.

The Lancaster Canal comes to an unimpressive finish in Preston at the rear of some terraced houses, with no fanfare but lots of stagnant weed and litter and the odd rather sad neglected boat. I may not have seen the best parts of Preston, but Russ’ assessment looks pretty accurate. I’ll be leaving promptly in the morning …

Armed with my new Liverpool OS, I’m changing my route from here to cut south to Skelmersdale by tomorrow evening, following some more towpaths and then going cross-country. This will allow me to spend Election Day walking to Widnes where I’ll catch an evening train home to Salisbury. I can then take three days off before recommencing my Jogle/JOGLEEPOPT on Monday. Bev’s no longer going to be in Staffordshire for the weekend and it makes sense for me to head home rather than kick my heels in the North-west.

On Friday I’ll recover from the Election – maybe preparing for our escape from the Country … ?! Then on Saturday and Sunday Bev and I can do some gardening, walk the dogs, go to the Wyndham Arms etc and I can see Genevieve and Henry, give the Jag an inconsiderate spin, arrange a new energy tariff and inspect Henry’s appendix scar. I can also wash everything. My socks may have to be replaced as they’ve become a bit stiff and slimy, as if they’re reverting back to fleece. They certainly smell bad; like a sheep would I should think ….

Many thanks for your various ‘earworm’ music choices – some better than others, but overall it meant I had a pretty awful disco happening in my head most of the day. Β The weather was also bad, but even the wind seemed to swirl about and give me a shove in the right direction rather than a slap in the face. All in all a good day and I’m TheHappyChappy!


11 thoughts on “Day 40 – Garstang to Preston

  1. 3 days in Salisbury?! What is this. I now appear to be following a blog of chriswalksfromtoptobottom in a series of separate trips. Injury I could take, holidaying down south I am not so sure.

    Outraged of Hampton Court

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  2. Seems you are developing the stare of someone used to spending time in own company and desperate for someone to talk to.
    Reminds me a little of the Jasper Carrot sketch about the loony, non pc I know, on the bus.
    If I was Bev I would remove any sharp implements and not mention red rum whilst you are home. Must admit did not realise Salisbury was so far north!
    PS need to fill the gaps on Barges and Gav’s size envy!

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      1. Ok, I thought you mentioned that hadn’t anything booked​ from now on… But that have just been while going round Scouseland – always safer to pay cash on delivery up there…

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  3. The descriptions of your socks are getting more graphic….in fact, I can now smell them in Hertfordshire….please throw them out.
    Enjoy Salisbury….’gateway to the North’….could you keep the tracker on please ?

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  4. Ditto Dave B! What’s going on Chris? 3 day break in the South? After searching so long for a Liverpool map are you now missing out this city and Southport? We now need a revised walking schedule and are you still on track to finish on 13th July?? Get with the programme!

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  5. Unlike some others on here, I hope that you enjoy your few days off back home. Already it is richly deserved. Even if strictly not playing by the rules.

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  6. Chris – just catching up with you. Preston already. Good luck on the break darn sarf.. Having done three days with you (and at least 3 gallons of bitter), it’s really something that you are doing here. All the best from Ljubljana..

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