Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Barnoldswick to Burnley (October 2016)

'Violet' in Barnoldswick Town Centre

We will be starting in Lancashire...officially, yes, but prior to 1974 we would have started in the historic West Riding of Yorkshire and crossed into pre-1974 Lancashire.  My Dad and I walked approximately 13-14 miles from Barnoldswick to Burnley, the longest stretch we have done to date!

Old historic Yorkshire/Lancashire Border


We passed through Salterforth, crossed the historic border boundary into Lancashire and reached Foulridge.  We had to take a diversion from the eastern tunnel portal to the western portal one via Lake Burwain Reservoir. The diversion is approximately two miles and it looks a lovely scenic stretch though it was grey and drizzly when we passed through.  We stopped by the reservoir for lunch break and we sought dry shelter from the trees.

Foulridge Tunnel (Eastern Portal), Leeds and Liverpool Canal


After rejoining the tow path at the western portal of Foulridge Tunnel we walked onto Barrowford where we passed the only locks on this stretch, had a comfort stop at Morrisons' cafe in Nelson, passed Brierfield and Reedly and reached Burnley town centre via its "Straight Mile".

Comfort stop in Morrisons, Nelson

We left the canal at the Embankment, known as a "Canal World Wonder"! It was a short walk to the bus station where we got an X43 to Barnoldswick.  I again paid £5.10 for a single but I was consoled that the journey was longer than the Skipton to Barnoldswick passage! At Barnoldswick we picked up the car and Dad drove us home.  A great day out though our feet was killing us!  Another 70+ miles or so to Liverpool - nearly half way now!

Another 76 miles to go!

Burnley Embankment

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