Thursday, 20 June 2013

And so to Church

We had help from a local towpath walker, who seemed to know what he was doing, down Barrowford locks, which made things a lot easier.  The urban stretch through Nelson and Brierfield was very interesting as there is still quite a bit of canalside industry as well as the former mills.
Burnley embankment used to be regarded as one if the seven wonders of the waterways,  although I'm not sure it still is. It's quite impressive though and we stopped for lunch half-way along, where there is a view of the bus station!
Annette drove over from Hebden Bridge to join us for the afternoon and for a lovely stretch of rural contour canal with good views towards the Forest of Bowland.  The ladies left us at Clayton-le-Moors to get a bus back to Burnley (they later complained about the fare!) and Ken and I carried on to find an overnight mooring.
Nicholson's Guide doesn't usually indicate moorings - an omission I find surprising - except sometimes it does! The mooring shown at the settlement of "Church" (yes, there is one") takes only one boat but provided a peaceful stop. We were visited by some local kids, but they were friendly and asked interesting questions about the boat and disappeard when we said it was time for us to eat.
Sadly,  the church itself appeared neglected and possibly disused but we were grateful for the mooring.

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