Day 43 – A bit of a long day to get beyond Wigan

We hadn’t planned to do a nine hour day but when you get to share locks and swing bridges, you go for it. We started out near Burscough and chugged on past Parbold, where we collected Mark on Dreamcatcher (No 1). What a splendid chap. We shared locks but seemed to lose him after Crooke, maybe he fancied lunch or had a breakdown, we hope not! Anyway, we were on the Wigan route and so pressed on. Knowing how bad the pound was on the Pooley locks, we didn’t want to get stuck again, we carried on.
We had to let a fair bit of water thru but we made it and Viv said, let’s go on a bit further. The sun had come out and it was turning out to be a most pleasant trip. The combi was roasting some sausages and we finally stopped near the Dover Lock inn. Wonderful view. A long nine hour day but very satisfying.

We met up with Rosie No2, the lovely Welsh couple. Here’s the old Appley locks.

Coming round to Wigan – interesting waterfront

No pix of Wigan (see blog passim) as we were too busy locking thru … but where we moored at the Dover Lock Inn there were some gaily painted mushrooms: