16th - 21rd August 2020 (5 nights)
From: Appley Bridge (Leeds & Liverpool Canal
To: Liverpool - Salthouse Dock
HIGHLIGHTS: Appley Bridge,
Appley Bridge - Liverpool Docks £600 pp
Liverpool Link to Salthouse Dock
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After a couple of days lounging around in Appley Bridge and possibly a long hike up the hill to purchase provisions, we'll be ready to set off towards Liverpool. When our guests join us in the afternoon of 18th August, we'll chug off in a westerly direction and aim to spend our first evening around Parbold.
Next day, we'll head off again and once passed the Rufford branch (gateway to the Ribble Link) we'll aim to moor for our 2nd evening around Burscough Bridge.
We'll be able to top up the water tank, dispose of refuse and possibly (if the diesel boat is in residence) top up fuel tank too.
Next morning, after breakfast, we'll continue our journey through numerous swing bridges - some of which have caught us out before due to the fact they are “battery powered” and at busy times, can't recharge quickly enough to meet demand... we do hope CRT have altered them to mains power by the time we get back to them... especially Crab-tree - that said, rather handily there are pubs by most of the ones that “go wrong”... 'sorrows and drowning spring to mind.' :-)
Assuming we've been able to pass through the swing bridges without incident, we'll aim to moor near Melling (the site of the major breach in 2018 which closed the canal for months) in preparation for our booked passage through the Liverpool Link the following morning.
Once in Salthouse dock, we'll remain here for our final 2 nights to give our guests opportunity to explore Liverpool before they depart after breakfast on the 21st August.