|We passed the half way marker between Leeds and Liverpool today.
It was blowing a gale when we left this morning and we had some trouble holding the boat while opening the first swing gate.
The wind calmed down after about an hour which made it much easier to control.
These are the Aspen Coke Ovens - the remains of Beehive ovens used for making coke. The only remains of the coal industry in this area.
The town we are in, Rishton, was a Saxon village, the first place to weave calico in 1764.
Here we had a chuckle - Walmsley is my maiden name (with quite a long interesting story attached to it!!), but we often wondered where it had come from.