13th April to 20th April (7 nights)
From: Skipton (Leeds & Liverpool Canal)
To: Chorley ( Leeds & Liverpool Canal)
Having spent a couple of days in the Skipton Area to do some walking, we’ll head back into Skipton centre to await the arrival of our next guests. Once onboard, we’ll set off westwards, through a few swing bridges and a couple of locks before we look for our first night’s mooring in Gargrave – perhaps having a walk to one (or all) the local pubs. The following morning, we’ll leave Gargrave and begin the climb up Bank Newton Locks and onto the most scenic parts of this canal. This really is God’s own country as we skirt along the Dales National Park. Today we’ll pass through Greenberfield and see the double arched bridge before reaching Barnoldswick where we’ll aim to moor this evening.
Next morning, we’ll set off and await the traffic lights givng us the all clear to pass through Foulridge Tunnel -The tunnel that a cow famously passed right the way through after falling in the canal at one end but was unable to get out. These days we’ll have to keep a look out for canoeists which have recently been granted permission to transit the tunnel… once the lights are in our favour, we’ll set off through the 1640 yard long tunnel ourselves and soon after, begin our descent of Barrowford locks , through Barrowford and moor outside Nelson.
Following a hopefully peaceful night in Nelson, we’ll head off and Today we’ll travel through Burnley over various smaller aqueducts and across the famous Burnley Embankment – built 60 ft. high and nearly a mile long ... a detour to avoid following the contours around the valley. It’s regarded as one of the seven wonders of Britain’s Waterways… In times gone by, mooring was recommended here but it’s now generally accepted it’s best to pass through and try to moor in less built up areas. Once over the embankment, we’ll enter the Weavers Triangle area of Burnley and soon come across the preserved warehouse wharf and former wharf master’s house which contains the Weavers Triangle Visitor Centre.
The Industrial remains of a once vibrant economy continue to make their presence known and before long we’ll pass over the M65 motorway aqueduct before we enter the Gannow tunnel (559yards) and pass Rose Grove and look for somewhere to moor around Bridge 118 (Hapton Area).
Travelling alongside the M65 for a while, we’ll pass through Church, over the M65 Aqueduct and reach Nordon. Next, is on to Blackburn locks (which we’ll descend) through Blackburn, arriving at Cherry Tree for our penultimate night. The final day, we'll chug on to Botany Bay Chorley to enable our guests catch a train the following morning after breakfast.