Saturday 28 April 2012


Well, I suppose we had to visit Carnforth Station and try to get a coffee in the cafe - but it was heaving with tourists so we made do with a couple of pasties from the coop. Apart from its "Brief Encounter" associations, Carnforth has little to recommend it - but it also heralded the start of out lovely stroll along the Lancaster Canal. Alexia & Dave, Jane & I enjoyed a fine day (warm in the sunshine but a cool breeze) walking all the way to Lancaster - leaving the canal only briefly to make our way through the suburbs and to cross the River Lune. Lancaster is a fine old city, with some great buildings and a grand railway station (a "convenient" stop) but we did see an awful lot of rubbish lying around, especially beside the railway. Perhaps the bin men were on strike. Thankfully, the canal, which we rejoined at the end of the walk and at the edge of the town, is much better kept - very neat and tidy - with some very smart houses and beautifully manicured gardens adjacent. All in all a charming walk with some great views of the wide expanse of Morecambe Bay. Tomorrow we press on towards Preston. Weather forecast? Distinctly dubious!