This was a revisit of our New Year’s Day Walk, by way of a morning outing for any LDWA Plodders or others who cared to come along.
Lots of apologies were received, but I was pleased to find Alan R parked outside Lyn’s house in Grove Crescent. (Thanks, Lyn, for the loan of your driveway.)
We wandered down to the excellent café at White Bear Marina and were surprised to find Paul and Julie waiting there. After enjoying a cuppa with us, Paul wandered off to mend a commode (don’t ask!) and Julie joined us on the circular walk.
It was raining as we headed along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath, but nothing like the deluge we’d driven through to reach Adlington.
As we left the canal to find our way around the extensive engineering works connected with the railway electrification, the rain eased, though the path to Slack’s Farm incorporated some slurry dunks for the unwary (me).
By the time we’d crossed and re-crossed the M61 motorway to reach the remains of the old driveway to Anderton Hall, it was time for a drink and some of Sue’s shortbread.
A pleasant walk alongside the River Douglas brought us out at Adlington’s lower road, opposite the sadly defunct Waggon and Horses pub.
Luckily, just up the road, The Spinners is still going strong.
Then it was back to the canal to complete the circle and return to Lyn’s house.
For more details of the walk, my previous account contains much more information. The 11 km route is shown below. Allowing 2-3 hours, it’s a very pleasant and well signposted ramble.
It’s a long time since I’d seen Paul (aka ‘Angus’). He’s gone slightly grey (maybe we all have!) since this picture taken in Chatham Grove, Withington, in 1972. But Julie hasn’t changed at all, and nor have Anna (pictured left – she and Dale joined us on our Shap to Richmond walk last September) or Jacqui (pictured centre – she joined us in the Dolomites last July).
The more observant may notice that Paul’s attraction to commodes was already in its infancy in 1972!
Alan R’s take on this short stroll – entertaining as ever – is here.