I'm sure Karen will tell the story of the day much more eloquently in her blog and unfortunately as soon as I got my camera out I realised that the battery was running low, but here are a few photographs I took and some of my impressions of the day.
|Tacet leaving the visitor moorings and heading for the river lock at Tarleton|
|The boat in front powers down the Douglas having recovered from nearly being sideswiped by the tide on leaving the lock|
After about an hour we we'd reached the confluence with the Ribble and, remembering not to cut the corner, we rounded the Astland Lamp and left the Douglas behind.
|Rounding the Astland Lamp on the widest stretch of water I've ever been on in a narrowboat|
Boaters on the link are warned that the entrance to the Savick Brook can be difficult to spot, but the bright green light visible for a considerable distance beforehand is a bit of a giveaway and with Ian keeping Tacet in the centre of the channel to avoid running aground we were all too soon off the Ribble and into the brook.
|Entering Savick Brook from the Ribble|
|Waiting for the tide to fall so we could all get under Blackpool Road Bridge|
The top three locks are a staircase and because of the way they have been squeezed into the available land you have to go through them backwards! It seems odd when you read about it but, as so often, on the ground everything becomes clear.
|Tacet waiting to go UP the staircase as a second boat prepares to reverse into the chamber|
|Ian, Karen and Tacet at almost the end of the Lancaster Canal in Preston|