A few minutes later Martin arrived and thankfully we had a car port to use to don our wet gear and boots.
A few minutes walk brought us to the start point of the White Bear Marina cafe where there were bound to be many other souls ready for the off.
After a lengthy chin wag and deciding that the 3 of us where the “A” team, we set off. Over the canal bridge and onto the tow path.
The points of interest on route. And below a zoom of the route map. (I didn’t take the Satmap as i knew it to be just a short walk.)
Photo copied off Martin. (I’m sure he won’t mind).Leaving the towpath we needed to cross the main road and where we had to take a turning the way was blocked by massive works to electrify the railway line. A short detour after a word with a man in orange had us back on track.
Some very boggy fields were crossed and some unplanned detours to circumnavigate a pond were taken. ( Always full of surprises are Martin’s walks or as i have now called them The 3M’s, Martins Map Meanderings). No we were not lost, honest.
Boggy fields and a nice view of Rivington Pike and Winter Hill.
We crossed and re-crossed the M6 motorway by different bridges before stopping briefly for a brew and some of Sue’s Caramel Shortbread. Quite a large flock of sheep were enjoying the weather which had now stopped raining. Possibly Black Welsh Mountain sheep?
Another closed pub.
Where the River Douglas flows underneath the canal we climbed the embankment steps to rejoin the canal towpath which in a few minutes led us back to the start point.
Martin’s blog is here.