Friday, 23 March 2018

Preston to Burnley. Day 2.

Hello. My feet are throbbing a bit tonight, I've walked 22 miles, and finished up in another Holiday Inn, this one is at Burnley. It's £10 cheaper, at £55 for bed and breakfast, and another lovely room. 
Not so warm today so I had to keep my jacket on. No rain though so that's a blessing. I set off along the A59 out of Preston, this is going over the River Ribble close to the M62 junction.
With the motorway ahead I was pleased to see a dedicated cycle and pedestrian path which goes off to the left there, and underneath the motorway junction.

Only another 17 miles to go. I'm going to bypass Blackburn by taking a straightish line across, a few miles north of it.

From a distance I saw a church with two clock faces, and went down the lane to investigate. St Leonards is at Samlesbury, it has a junior school just behind it.

The two clock faces.

Then I walked all the way around it, and found a third clock face. Most unusual.

I found a footpath which runs almost parallel to the road so I took that to get away from the traffic. On the map it indicates that there is a Methodist church. It looks as if it is now a private residence, but they have put this statue in place on a pedestal to keep it's links with the past.

Back onto the A59 again, I passed Salmesbury Airport. BAE Systems are also on the sight. They design, manufacture, and upgrade and support combat and trainer aircraft.

Time to get off the main road, and take a minor road through Mellor Brook, and Mellor. I seemed to be plodding along uphill at a slow rate for ever. Views over Blackburn.
This is the railway station near the A666.

I crossed over the A666 on the outskirts of Blackburn, and continued on the minor road.

What do you do with a redundant pub? The Bulls Head has been turned into a Co op shop.

A couple of miles further on I went over the Parsonage Reservoir. It was a bit chilly.

Fed up with being high up, and in the wind, I headed for Rishton. Just before the A678 I picked up the canal towpath to get off road for a while.

Coming back onto the road again I saw this decorative stainless steel panel across the footpath. It's a pity it hasn't been cleaned up a bit. Needs a bit of spit and polish.

Now this was interesting, a place that sells palm trees, but parts of it looked in a bit of a mess. Some of the plants had fallen over and were too big for their pots, and some looked half dead. What a shame.
These didn't look too bad.

The front gate was locked, nobody about. I wonder if they are still trading. If they are having a closing down sale I wouldn't mind some of them. Nothing on their web site.

I plodded on, Clayton le Moors, Altham, and into Padiham.

I stopped to make a phone call to the Holiday Inn, yes they have beds, so that's where I'll make for. I picked up some food at a Spar shop. It was half past six when I staggered through the door, ha ha, only kidding, but I couldn't have walked much further. It's close to Junction 10 of the M65, so a good place to start from in the morning.

I'm heading for Haworth tomorrow, a trek across the moors. The weather is supposed to be better, with sunshine. I'm going to inspect my feet now, I suspect I have a couple of blisters which need attention. My leg muscles are a bit achey, but they will be alright after a good nights sleep. I'm a bit worried about my throat though, it's a bit sore, and I have been sneezing, don't tell me I am going to get a cold, I never have a cold. I shall blooming well curse if I do.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Blackpool to Preston. Day 1

Hello. After eggs and beans on toast, I left Carol's house at 9.15 this morning. She very kindly made a packup for me to eat on the journey. It was a sunny start to the day, and after an hour I had to take my jacket off I was so hot. 
I passed the Windmill at Marsh Mill, there is a little shopping courtyard there with arts and crafts and other shops. Looks nice but I must press on.

I went through Little Thornton, Skippool, Singleton, Thistleton, and Elswick. All on tarmac, mostly minor roads and a short section on the A585, which luckily had a footpath alongside it. I did take one short cut through the fields but wish I hadn't. There was a gate I had to pass through but the ground was like a swamp. I decided to pick up some bricks and lumps of stone to lay some stepping stones. Splat, the mud showered my trousers. Luckily I had a wet wipe so I was able to remove a lot of it.

A pretty art display in the bus shelter. Flowers painted on tiles and stuck on the picture, by school children. 
I saw a lot of Anti Fracking signs all over the place. They must have an active campaign taking place. Yellow signs were all along the grass verges, along with some picture signs like this one.

Oooh look, opportunity for a selfie, ha ha.

On I trekked along a twisty minor road which is part of the National Cycle Network. Through Roseacre and Wharless, and over the top of the M55 . I carried straight on for a couple of miles and turned left towards Preston.

I started thinking about where I might find a bed. There was a Tesco Local store so I called in to get some food to eat in my room. I came to a nice looking small hotel, but at 5pm it was too early to call it a day, I wanted to go a bit further. Then I came to a place I had seen on the internet, but alas it didn't look very nice, so I tried to ring a number for another hotel but after listening to press 1 for weddings, 2 for booking the function room, I gave up and made the decision to head for the city centre where there is a Holiday Inn. Surely they will have a room.

It was 6pm when I found it, and YAY, they have a room. So here I am. The price is fine,I thought it would be more, £65 for B & B, that will do me. They serve breakfast from 6.30am, maybe I won't be that early.

I've checked the mileage, a little over 20 miles today. I have been using the green marker. The pink line is the finish of a previous walk when I walked from Carlisle to Carol's last year.

It stayed dry all day, the clouds came over mid afternoon. It looks like the next few days are going to be mostly dry and sunny, a bit windy, with the odd shower. That will do me. 

My lovely bed for tonight. There is a bath so I am just about to have a soak in that.

I'll see you tomorrow night at maybe Blackburn or Burnley, or somewhere in between. My apologies to the Anon readers, but I am leaving the settings as they are at the moment. It is so much easier not to have to deal with spamming rubbish, it has virtually stopped it.  Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Hi de Hi from not so sunny Blackpool. I'm having a lovely time with Carol, we have eaten, and we have laughed. It's so comfortable here, I think she will have to kick me out in the morning. Tomorrow the adventure begins. Tomorrow I must walk, and walk, and walk.
I am aiming for 20 miles a day, we'll see how the old body stands up to that. I'll give it my best shot. Janet is looking after the house and kitties, so all I have to do is put one foot in front of the other, and keep going.

Watching tele now, Carol has a massive screen, it's like being at the cinema.

Thanks for your support, thanks for popping in, next stop Preston, I'll see you there, hopefully.
Toodle pip


Ok, so now I am going into meltdown, me who is normally level headed, who normally weighs up the pros and cons of all situations, who takes life as it comes and tries to do the best for myself and all around me, have just had to defend myself on someone else's blog. Unkind, ill mannered, insensitive, I am not. I am sick to death of those who make assumptions without knowing the full facts. I often wonder why I am doing this, at times I want to throw the sodding computer out of the window.

Ok, breath, it isn't all bad. Now I have other things to do. xxx 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The bare minimum.

Hello. A few items that a girl might need.
Tooth brush - check. Tooth paste in little pink pot - check. Germoline in small black film pot - check. Small piece of soap in plastic mini soap dish with lid - check. Moisturizer in plastic pot - check. Shampoo in small bottle - check. Small torch - check. Bite and sting relief cream - check. Needle for stabbing blisters - check. Spare torch batteries - check. Comb - check. Panty liners - check. Hearing aid batteries - check. Nail scissors - check. Spare specs - check. Pop them all in a plastic bag.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip