The wind had dropped at last and its was pleasantly warm so by the time we had travelled just three miles to the top lock of the seven, Johnson’s Hillock Locks, filled with water and scrubbed the grass of the boat, we decided to stay for the rest of the day.
The little village of Wheelton and its clock tower, provided bread and a Magnum for me and the Top Lock Inn a refreshing drink in the sunshine for both of us.
Michael and Mary from Honley Lass where happy to share the seven locks with us on Thursday morning. Knowing the area well they suggested Friday was the best day to tackle the Wigan flight and as we had proved to be a good locking team, maybe we should continue together, which we were more than happy to agree to.
On the way to Chorley we passed the Botany Bay Village, which is evidently a ‘shopping experience’ in a converted mill, but the unlikely presence of a German submarine moored alongside looked somewhat more interesting. The canal skirted Chorley and we continued to the village of Adlington, stopping for lunch and a snooze.
A final burst of four and a bit miles and we arrived at the top of the Wigan flight. It is a little confusing as the canal appears to carry on under a bridge, but this is the southern end of the Lancaster Canal which was never completed. The locks start immediately after a sharp right turn and we moored just behind Honley Lass ready to start our descent at nine am sharp.