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We'll have spent a couple of days in Chorley to prepare the boat for our next guests – assuming they arrive in the afternoon, there'll be a couple of hours spare for them to take a look around Botany Bay if they so desire – after which we'll set off for a short chug and moor on the outskirts of Adlington.
Next morning, (we'll need to be off very early if the restrictions are still in place on the Wigan lock flight) by 9am we'll set off down the Wigan 21 – alternatively, we could have a lay in and not begin the famous flight until the afternoon locking session.
Whatever we've decided, our plan will be to chug on towards Crooke and moor there for the evening … perhaps partaking of a pint or two in the pub as a reward for our locking labours earlier in the day.
Next morning, we head through Appley Bridge and Parbold before we stop atBurscough Bridge. We'll no doubt top up the water tank, perhaps take on some diesel from the fuel boat if it's around and spend a night here.
After we leave Burscough, we'll head towards Maghull and through some swing bridges that caught us out last year due to power-failures, before we end the days cruising around Melling, in readiness for our booked passage into Stanley Docks the following morning.
Once moored up on our allotted pontoon, our guests will be free to explore and we'll spend our final night in the Docks before they leave following breakfast the next morning.
22nd April to 29th April (7 nights).
From: Chorley ( Leeds & Liverpool Canal
To: Liverpool Docks (Leeds & Liverpool Canal)
Chorley to Liverpool £745 pp