We are part way through the return half of a cruise into new territory for us, down toward Chorley and it is lovely. The scenery is fab and Johnsons Hillock locks are a superb flight. We wonder why we have not come this way before as it is so good. Even, very unexpectedly, the locks through Blackburn are fun with their different gear. Some are so near bridges they cannot have balance beams so have chains and winding mechanisms instead.
So a very pleasant addition to our routes and one to be retraced when we head down toward the Bridgewater in a couple of weeks.