Wednesday, 28th December 2016

Walk: Lancaster Canal (Lea), Millennium Ribble Link (Ashton to Lea) and Lea Town
Start Point: Smiths Arms, Lea Town Grid Reference: SD 477 311
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 280 feet
Time: 2.75 hours
Weather: Frosty start with bright sunshine and blue skies
Comments:

The walk passed through Lea Town before joining the Lancaster Canal at Darkinson Lane.  After walking towards Preston the group joined the Millennium Ribble Link at its junction with the Lancaster Canal and followed it to Goodier’s Bridge.  Leaving the MRL the route was then over fields to re-enter Lea Town for the return to The Smith’s Arms for lunch.  NB. The Millennium Ribble Link utilises the Savick Brook which has been realigned and had locks constructed.  It discharges into the River Ribble and Narrow-boats can use this and the River Douglas to reach the Leeds to Liverpool Canal.

The Leader, left, giving Health & Safety advice

St Mary's Church at Lea Town

Wondering down Darkinson Lane towards the Lancaster Canal

On the Lancaster Canal at Lea

The narrow-boat's name gives a clue to the groups location

The bad news is that the toilets and cafe are closed

Refreshments

Pass under the bridge from the Millennium Ribble Link to the original Lancaster Canal

The head of the locks giving access to the Millennium Ribble Link from the Lancaster Canal

A recent replacement for the former wooden statue known as Piddling Pete -
he used to dribble and his feet rotted away

The group at No 1 Lock

Not a fossil but a carving - one of many artifacts along the route of the Millennium Ribble Link

Nearing the end of the walk at Goodiers Bridge on the Millenium Ribble Link and Savick Brook

Some of the group remember when the Kits would have contained milk

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