Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Summit At Last - Thursday 12th May

A lovely sunny morning so we made another early start travelling along this winding canal criss crossing the M65 and finally through the 559 yd tunnel which was straight and fairly dry.


We passed by many old Mills and Wharfs and this strange Egg shaped vessel made out of what appeared to be wood.


We negotiated the Weavers Triangle where the canal forms a Vee shape before crossing the Burnley Aqueduct. It is called the straight mile but is in fact only 3/4 of a mile long. There are great views of the surrounding hills and over the shops and rows of back to back houses. We moored up at the start of the embankment just above a Tesco Extra store and a short walk into the shopping centre.


The town has the usual range of shops found in most towns in a 60’s style shopping centre not as plush as that of Blackburn.


After coffee in M & S we purchased some more provisions and headed off down the straight and then back into the usual winding canal through wooded areas and others with super views of the Pennines up ahead. Of course we had to meet our first two boats on the move today at a right angle bend with a narrow bridge.


The canal here was very shallow and we had to go down the weed hatch a couple of times which has been unusual so far on the trip.

Soon we reached the Barrowford flight of 7 locks taking us up another 70 feet to the summit pound (at last). Although the paddles were very hard the views were spectacular as we went up, both in front and behind. We reached the top and decided to moor up on the Visitor Moorings which have more great views over the Barrowford Reservoir and surrounding hills.


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