Our most recent walk was rather hastily arranged at last week’s coffee morning as some members of the walking group were getting withdrawal symptoms.
Dave Smith very kindly agreed to step into the breach and opted for another walk along the Rufford Branch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, this time going south from Fettlers Wharf to the Ship Inn at Lathom
Due to the short notice, and with apologies to any walkers who did not get to know about it, we were down to a half dozen trekkers – quality not quantity!
We soon learned that Dave, a Burscough boy by birth, was on a journey back to his childhood.
After a lovely walk in tranquil countryside, accompanied by many reminiscences along the way from Dave, we ended our walk three miles up stream/canal at the Top Locks, where the Rufford Branch meets with the main Leeds Liverpool Canal. For anyone who hasn’t been this is a lovely spot with lots of history and, of course a lovely Pub – The Ship Inn (otherwise known as the Blood Tub!)
We had an excellent lunch in the Ship Inn and then decided that we could squeeze all six of us into Dave’s five seater car, which, with great foresight, he had left there earlier and got a lift back from John “The Constant Gardener” Jackson.
Lets just say that for those in the back of Dave’s car the journey back was to say the least cosy – bordering on intimate!
We ended a splendid day at Fettlers Wharf, with tea/coffee and, in John and Enid’s case, a decadent slice of cake,.
Roll on the next adventure. Details to be announced.