19th May to 14th June 2019
We have spent the last 4 weeks travelling north to Tewitfield, during this time the weather has been variable with lots of rain and few days of sunshine. We did not do much filming on the way up as we had a backlog of footage and needed to catch up with ourselves, Pat however continued to edit what we had and we continued to release videos every week. By the time we reached the end of the Lancaster Canal we were only a week behind.
The Lancaster Canal is just over 41 miles long, lock free (except down to Glasson Basin)and currently terminates at Tewitfield. This section at one point (1819) was extended to Kendal but this was abandoned in 1968 to make way for the M6 motorway, however there is a restoration project in progress.
We spent 2 days here, the moorings are all 48hr moorings, it was a bit noisy as the M6 motorway runs close by. The moorings were really shallow here and to moor we used our barge pole to keep us of the silt, which meant that we had a rather large jump to get onto the boat. If you want to spend more time here you could always book into Tewitfield Marina and explore further afield by car. We would have loved to have walked or cycled some of the section of canal towards Kendal but it rained constantly while we were here and we hardly managed to get out at all. Before departing we use the boaters facilities and make the turn to head south.
As we make our return journey the views are fabulous across the open countryside. It's lovely to finally get a bit of sunshine even there the day was overcast at times. There seems to be designated mooring areas on the Lancaster as much of the canal bank has high reeds or weeds and there are few mooring spaces between Tewitfield and Carnforth. We arrive in Carnforth and its here we moor up for the next couple of days.