We start our journey today at our mooring between bridges 24 and 23 on the Lancaster Canal. We are about 40 mins from the Ribble Link Navigation. The surrounding area is mainly rural with the odd farm dotted beside the canal. Not long after leaving our mooring we encounter an aggressive and abusive fisherman which somewhat spoiled our day.
There is a tight 90 degree bend into the Lancaster Basin where there are 3 staircase locks to take us down into Savick Brook. The original tall sculpture called Gauging the Ripple ( locally known as the Ribble Piddler)which overlooked the first lock and marked the beginning of the Ribble Link was replaced in 2014 by the one you can see today and is dedicated to the navvies and engineers who built the canal. We are the last of five boats who are travelling the Ribble Link today.
We descend the remaining three locks in Savick Brook, making our way with some difficulty hrough the narrow, shallow, winding and muddy brook towards the River Ribble. due to the low water levels we did get stuck a couple of times and Pat had to keep moving for fear of stopping altogether.
We turn right onto the River making our way against the tide until we reach the open stretch of water and Aslands Lamp where we make a hard left hand turn into the River Douglas and head towards Tarleton Lock.
Once through Tarleton Lock we head onto the Rufford Branch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal where we moored in a lovely spot just before Fearns Swing Bridge. This was a 15 mile trip and took us 8.5 hours.