Monday, 28 May 2012

To the River Douglas and return

Yesterday we continued our journey down the Rufford Branch to Tarleton.  After mooring we went to look at the lock down onto the River Douglas which is where boats go out onto the river to make their journey across the Ribble Link to the Lancaster Canal.  It wasn't high tide and the river had a good flow on it, we had a look later when the tide was higher and it was a much stronger flow.

Last night we met up with Johns cousin, Ian, who lives in Tarleton, they have not seen each other for about 35 years, but they managed to make up for it as the conversation flowed all night.  I don't think it will be another 35 years before they meet again.  We had a really good evening.

Today we retraced our journey back along the Rufford Branch, we did leave the locks until later so it wasn't so hot and fortunately it wasn't as windy as we still have no bow thrusters.  We have turned towards Liverpool and have moored west of Burscough.

A peep of Rufford Old Hall

River Douglas

To the right the River Douglas to the left the canal

Sunday 4 miles 3 swing bridges
Monday 8.5 miles 7 locks 7 swing bridges (2 automated and 5 manual)

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