Well not a great deal to report today, the weather stayed fine until 10 minutes after we moored up so that can't be bad. The Asbo Swan of Hapton paid us a visit rattling the side hatch window and bashing the hull, when we set off he came down and had a quick peck at my toe, but not as bad as the Western one.
A few swing bridges to give us something to do and I am not sure where this chap came from but he just appeared in the slide, he wasn't very big, maybe 15 mm long including his legs, but look at the colour.
There are signs to the Moorfield Colliery Memorial on bridges 114B and 114C but we were not sure where it was so didn't stop. It turns out it probably less than 100 mt from Pilkington bridge 114C.
We passed Canal View cafe and what better view of the canal can you get than from these chairs right on the towpath.
The other highlight of the trip was 4 visits to the weed hatch, That is more than all the way to Liverpool and then on to Leeds and it was not in Burnley or Blackburn but in Rishton, all polly so no problem getting it off, just needed a lot of care stopping and pulling away.
As we came into Blackburn to moor once more outside The Calypso Bar we passed this loading quay on the offside, as you can see the platform extends out beyond the wall so goods could be tipped straight into the hold of waiting boats.
The other day I asked if anyone knew what these were for, I hadseveral good suggestions but nothing positive, they are all at the end of moorings and are bolted to the stone work in several places, so look very robust if they are just to stop a fisherman in a wheelchair.