Lancaster Canal: Bridges 13 – 17
On a Bank Holiday Monday there is no better place to be than the towpath on a quiet stretch of the Lancaster Canal. OK, so there might be a narrowboat or two, and perhaps some fishermen and maybe even a few dog-walkers. Nothing to compare to the inevitable traffic jams and people jams in the many places around here so popular for day trips.
A ten minute drive towards the city of Preston brought us to Haslem Park, from where the Lancaster Canal can be accessed at Savick House by Bridge 13.
On the other side are houses with gardens backing on to the canal:
I think we saw three fishermen along the towpath and two narrowboats:
I liked the look of this blue seat…..
…..and very much liked the look of this canal-side house at Bridge 16:
We were ready for an ice cream so were pleased to discover the Last Whistle Café…..
…….and were extremely sad that it was closed today:
By this time (a)we were thirsty, (b)we had walked for an hour from bridge 13 to bridge 17 and (c)the sun was shining. Three good reasons to turn around and head back, hopefully to sit out in the garden and have a coffee.
I am very much looking forward to the next “Four Bridge Walk”. I wonder which stretch of the canal that will be.
Leah · 4 May 2017 at 18:46
Such beautiful pictures. You never fail to impress. Love the reflections in the water. I can practically hear the quiet.
There is so much green! It looks like you’re full on into summer. I enjoyed this outing. Thanks.
HMB · 5 May 2017 at 17:08
Thank you for accompanying us along the towpath.
HMB · 6 May 2017 at 20:09
Thank you Leah. Just back from trip to Yorkshire Dales. Have you been there?
bushboy · 4 May 2017 at 12:33
I would like to live in the house at Bridge 16. Oh the disappointment of finding the ice cream shop shut 🙁
I am enjoying the walk with you, The photos are great
HMB · 5 May 2017 at 17:06
Thank you. It’s good to have you along
Hugh's Views and News · 3 May 2017 at 12:42
I can’t quite believe that the cafe was closed on a bank holiday, but I guess it depends on how busy it is? From your wonderful photos, it looked very quiet, Helen.
HMB · 3 May 2017 at 18:40
I think the cafe is run by the university, as it borders on their sports campus, though it is open to all. The Guild Wheel Cycle route also passes cafe so a few thirsty cyclists too.
Amy · 1 May 2017 at 22:19
Such a picturesque and relaxing place to enjoy a weekend walk or bike! ♀️ Beautiful photos, Helen!
HMB · 2 May 2017 at 09:32
Thanks Amy. I’m plead you like the look of our local canal.
paulfraser11 · 1 May 2017 at 21:40
This is a fabulous project Helen, and what a wonderful way to spend the day – shame about the ice-cream at the Last Whistle!
HMB · 2 May 2017 at 09:31
I’ve an idea that if we do the 148 bridges and 42 miles, then I’d like to sail the whole length in a narrowboats….with plenty of stops for ice-cream.
paulfraser11 · 2 May 2017 at 14:33
Great idea Helen 🙂