Friday May 28 the Martin Pool pound, Greenberfield locks and Barnoldswick (6 miles, 3 locks)
The Martin Pool pound winds around the upper Aire valley on a high terrace, with sharp bends, lovely views, pastures, woods strewn with bluebells and wild garlic. We took our time, enjoying the peace of this beautiful countryside.
The Pennine Way goes along the canal at East Martin, where we have moored and visited the Cross Keys pub a couple of times.
Reaching Lancashire, we navigated twists and turns, and ascended the three Greenberfield locks with Down the Hatch again. The CRT lock keeper and oncoming boaters meant we crossed over with a widebeam as we went up the locks quite efficiently. NB DtHa paused at the services just above the top lock.
Passing the two Rolls Royce factories, we moored and visited this rather nice small town, with its stone houses.
After lunch Liana visited Aldi on our way back to the boat, as a little rain fell.