Another very hot and sunny day to travel from Middlewich to Clitheroe. The air was fairly cold as we left Middlewich but soon warmed up. The slight breeze was from the West so amounted to more of a crosswind.
The route took us to Northwich, to the East of Lymm, to Leigh, then skirted the West edge of Bolton, through the centre of Blackburn and on to Clitheroe. Much of the route followed one of the 'standard' LEJOG routes and was not very scenic, although not as depressed/industrial as I had expected. The traffic on the main roads was pretty scary. There were a few near misses with poor/dangerous driving by overtaking motorists.
The highlights were the Anderton Boat Lift just North of Northwich, the Warburton Toll Bridge across the Manchester Ship Canal, the top of the hills to the North of Bolton where we could look South to the sprawl of Manchester and have an ice cream at a farm shop before dropping down to the open country marked 'Blackburn with Darwen' on my map.
On arrival at Clitheroe we got talking about our search for a B&B to some council workers outside the council offices who immediately phoned a hotel up near the castle and booked us a room. The hotel is OK but in desperate need of refurbishment. However it is only for one night and the price is fair for what we are getting.
We had a good meal in a fairly smart restaurant opposite the railway station and then walked up to the castle and took some photographs. The castle is an excellent viewpoint for the surrounding area. Clitheroe is a very attractive town and it is a pity we have not had time or the energy to explore it more thoroughly.
We are off to the Eden Valley near Penrith tomorrow for our last night in England.
Distance 105km, ascent 398m, moving time 5 hrs 52 m, moving avg 17.9km/h, max speed 44.7km/h.