At last we have reached the Leeds - Liverpool Canal, a little further east than we had originally planned.
One of the bridges across the Leeds - Liverpool Canal close to Haigh Country Park.
Helen arriving at our lunch spot.
Celia enjoying herself reminiscing!
Helen and Celia on their way round the Haigh circuit.
The journey's over.
Approaching Haigh Hall just after lunch.
Two friendly donkeys coming to say hello.
A goat up a tree.
Mute swans and Mallards on the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
Having a rest.
Walk stats: Distance: 12.5 miles. Climb: 400'.
Time: 5 hours43 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia and Mike.
We set off with low cloud giving a feeling of dampness in the air, and no sign of the Sun breaking through. In fact it didn't appear until we were nearly at the Frodsham junction on the M56!
We set off initially planning to go through the streets as far as Wigan Pier. Unfortunately I made a mistake and took the wrong road and we joined the Leed - Liverpool Canal near the start of the Ince in Makerfield Locks. Having had a longer than expected road walk, we were grateful just to see the canal!
We were hoping to find a suitable spot for lunch by the canal, but ended up having lunch back at Haigh Country Park on seats near one of the pick up points for the Haigh Miniature Railway. As you can see Celia decided to go for a ride while Mike finished off his apple after lunch and we planned our afternoon stroll.
We decided to head off down Copperas Lane to the Windmill and then via Holly Nook and Higher Lane back to the canal and returned to Haigh Country park via Sennicar Lane.
Overall we had a good walk, despite the long road section in the morning.
Birds seen or heard today: Common starling, Greenfinch, Black-headed gull, House sparrow, European robin, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan, Rook, Jackdaw, Black-billed magpie, Woodpigeon and Common blackbird.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Netherton Hall, Frodsham, where Mike was able to enjoy a pint of Lees bitter as a new barrel had been put on whilst we all had our first drinks. There was no problem with Celia's San Miguel. Coffee was the best drink that I had!