Leeds/Liverpool Canal – Snowy’s first walk

My Monday walk this week was done just a week after Snowy’s arrival and was her first long walk with me and Poppie. A 20-minute drive from home took us to the Leeds/Liverpool canal at Adlington and our walk started from the White Bear Marina, with our goal being Frederick’s Ice Cream Parlour a couple of miles northwards on the outskirts of Chorley.
Parking at the marina itself seemed to be for boat owners only as there was a barrier across the lane leading down to it, however just across the road was a recreation ground with a small parking area so I was able to leave the van there. I shot my first photo from the bridge as I made my way down to the towpath then got another couple of shots as I walked past the quite extensive marina, the largest one on the whole of the canal.
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Although the main A6 wasn’t too far away, once I left the marina behind I was in open countryside. Narrowboats and canal cruisers were moored along the far bank for quite a long way, there was even a cute looking houseboat moored at the end of a landing stage and across the fields at one point I could see my old friend the Winter Hill tv mast in the distance.
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Leaving the boats behind, the open countryside gave way to trees lining each side of the canal and round a couple of bends I eventually came to bridge 71. Just beyond the bridge was Ellerbeck Narrowboats, a small boat hire business with half a dozen boats set back in a private mooring and within its grounds the Boatyard Bus Cafe, a quirky cafe set on board a 1990 Leyland Olympian double decker.
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Farther along the canal half a dozen boats with colourful designs and windows were moored on my side and round the next bend I came to bridge 72 with a ‘Welcome To Lancashire’ sign fastened to the stonework, which I thought was rather odd – if it had any connection to the county boundary then I’d been in Lancashire before I’d even got to the White Bear marina.
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The next bridge, 72a, carried the main A6 road over the canal and another ten minutes walk took me to bridge 73, my turn around point. Across the canal a few cattle grazed peacefully in the fieldsย and at the side of the bridge steps and a path led up past a small area with picnic tables to Frederick’s Ice Cream Parlour on the main road.
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The Italian Federici family have been making luxury ice cream for over four generations and the main road ice cream parlour and cafe has been the home of the business since 1936. I’d previously been told by more than one person that the place was very popular and with a queue from the door, round the corner and quite a distance down the path it would certainly seem so. Crossing the road when there was a convenient gap in the traffic I snapped a quick photo then went back to the path and returned to the canal.
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Heading back to White Bear there was one boat across the far side of the canal which intrigued me. With a central wheelhouse it looked to be more like a converted fishing boat than narrowboat and with peeling paintwork and boarded up windows it looked a bit of a mess compared to most of the other boats I’d passed. Less than ten minutes later I reached bridge 70 and before long I was back at White Bear marina and bridge 69 where my walk began.
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I hadn’t actually set out until mid afternoon and it was getting on for 6pm by the time I got back to the van but the warmth of the sun had stayed with me all the way so the walk had been very pleasant. I’d never been along that section of the canal before but as it’s only a short drive from home I may very well do that walk another time – and maybe next time I’ll go over the bridge and pop into the Boatyard Bus for coffee and cake.

29 thoughts on “Leeds/Liverpool Canal – Snowy’s first walk

  1. That’s a lovely walk on a sunny day, I’m sure that was quite the adventure for Snowy. The boatyard bus cafe looks very inviting as would having an Italian ice cream. I do like to see the narrowboats, very colourful.

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    1. Two miles each way was just far enough for Snowy’s first walk. The Boatyard Bus cafe is apparently dog friendly so it’s one to consider for a future coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Don’t know where that sunshine came from, I must have missed that!!!
    I was confused at first cos I used to have a canal boat moored in Adlington, but that was on the Macclesfield canal. I had to look it up to see there are at least two Adlingtons on canals ๐Ÿ˜

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  3. It was the very beginning of October Paul before the incessant rain arrived – probably the last decent day we had. I knew there’s more than one Adlington but not where the others are

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  4. I think Snowy liked her walk though not having been socialised properly everything was very new to her. I vaguely remember the Double Deckers, the theme song more than the programme as I never really watched it.

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  5. What a lovely walk & although I’ve done plenty of walks on the L to L canal, they’ve all been around Leeds or Skipton. l always fancied doing the whole length, but alas, we may never be able to come again if this mayhem isn’t nipped in the bud soon. Love the reflections of the boats in some photos & just had to show K the bus cafe, him being a retired bus driver. No photos of Snowy & Poppy?
    Thanks, take care, stay safe & hugs from down under.

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  6. I think canals are great for reflections, especially where boats are moored. No photos of Snowy and Poppie together as yet unless I fasten them a few feet apart – they just about tolerate each other at the moment and Snowy can be a bit unpredictable so I don’t want a war on my hands.

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  7. What a glorious sunny post – reminded me why I used to love canals so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

    It’s early days with little Snowy – all the new things you have brought into her life (and the chaos you have removed from it) must still be blowing her little doggy mind.

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  8. Canals are great aren’t they? I could quite happily live at the side of one – or even on one in a boat ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m not sure about me removing chaos from Snowy’s life, she’s brought a lot to mine ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s very funny though and some of her antics do make me laugh ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. What a gorgeous day you had for your walk. So bright and blue. You got some amazing photos of the canal, the reflections, the horses on green grass. . . . You’ve got me wanting to take the walk. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Now thatโ€™s a walk in my teenage stomping ground. I had school friends in Adlington and when we were in the lower 6th form we formed a band and used to rehearse every Friday evening in the drummerโ€™s familyโ€™s front room while his parents went out for a pint or three. Goodness knows what the neighbours thought of the din we made!
    As I wasnโ€™t exactly rolling in money I frequently used to walk home back along the cut. Our house backed on to the canal on the opposite bank of Talbot mill in Chorley – although that was demolished some years ago.

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  11. I don’t know how long ago you’re talking about but was that stretch of canal as nice then as I recently found it to be? I can imagine the din you and your friends made, I pity the poor neighbours ๐Ÿ™‚

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