From Holme to Carnforth

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Arrived in Holme!

Starting at Carnforth I caught the Kendal bound Bus (No. 555) to Holme in Cumbria.  At Holme I walked up the village road and joined the canal.  Enroute I was greeted by fellow walkers, some with their dogs, and it felt odd not seeing any narrowboats on somewhat a pretty stretch of the Lancaster Canal.  One day boats will be seen passing this un-navigable stretch of this canal as it's currently being slowly restored.  There were some small unpowered craft and canoes dotted about though.

Despite the noisy M6, the motorway responsible for fragmenting the canal, it was a pleasure walking in wonderful countryside enroute to Tewitfied.

Start of the canal walk, Holme
 At Cinderbarrow the motorway culverted the canal and I had to divert via Cinderbarrow Lane and crossed the bridge over the motorway towards the Tewitfield Locks.

There are eight locks which ascend/descend over three quarters of a mile to/down 75 feet.  Opened in 1819 and were last used in 1942.  At the end of the Northern Reaches I left the canal and visited Longlands Hotel for a coffee and comfort stop.  I fancied some cake to go with my coffee and the staff happily obliged in giving me a complimentary delicious brownie.  The Longlands Hotel is a lovely place to enjoy a meal or a drink or even stay and is supported by very friendly staff who go out of their way to make you feel welcome.  

Afterwards I walked to the terminius (for boaters) where I read about the canal's restoration beyond Tewitfield.  It was originally the termius before the canal was extended to Kendal in 1819 and became again in 1968 when the M6 was constructed.  Currently the terminius constitutes a marina, moorings and turning point for boats.  I continued walking towards Borwick, the Keer Aqueduct and the Capernwray Canal Arm (where limestone was transported on the canal from Wegber Quarry). 

The walk to Carnforth though surrounded with countryside and the occasional noise from the M6 was uneventful and I finished the walk at Bridge 128.  Had a well earned drink at the Royal Station Hotel before getting my train home. 

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Arrived in Holme!
Arrived in Holme!
Start of the canal walk, Holme
Start of the canal walk, Holme
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster Ca…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster C…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster Ca…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster C…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster Ca…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster C…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster Ca…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster C…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster Ca…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster C…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster Ca…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster C…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster Ca…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster C…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster Ca…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster C…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster Ca…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster C…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster Ca…
The Northern Reaches (Lancaster C…
A mileage marker, The Northern Rea…
A mileage marker, The Northern Re…
Swans nesting, The Northern Reache…
Swans nesting, The Northern Reach…
Canal culverted! The Northern Reac…
Canal culverted! The Northern Rea…
The M6 motorway!
The M6 motorway!
Canal culverted! The Northern Reac…
Canal culverted! The Northern Rea…
Saltermire Bridge, The Northern Re…
Saltermire Bridge, The Northern R…
Beginning of disused Tewitfield Lo…
Beginning of disused Tewitfield L…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Rea…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Re…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Rea…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Re…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Rea…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Re…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Rea…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Re…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Rea…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Re…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Rea…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Re…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Rea…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Re…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Rea…
Tewitfield Locks, The Northern Re…
End or beginning of the Northern R…
End or beginning of the Northern …
End or beginning of the Northern R…
End or beginning of the Northern …
End or beginning of the Northern R…
End or beginning of the Northern …
Longlands Hotel, Tewitfield
Longlands Hotel, Tewitfield
Lovely coffee and a delicious comp…
Lovely coffee and a delicious com…
End or beginning of the Northern R…
End or beginning of the Northern …
Restoration plans (though slow!), …
Restoration plans (though slow!),…
End of the navigable line, Lancast…
End of the navigable line, Lancas…
Lancaster Canal, Tewitfield
Lancaster Canal, Tewitfield
Lancaster Canal, Tewitfield
Lancaster Canal, Tewitfield
Lancaster Canal, Tewitfield
Lancaster Canal, Tewitfield
Lancaster Canal, near Borwick
Lancaster Canal, near Borwick
Capernwray Arm, near Borwick, Lanc…
Capernwray Arm, near Borwick, Lan…
Railway viaduct, Capernwray, Lanca…
Railway viaduct, Capernwray, Lanc…
Keer Aqueduct over the River Keer,…
Keer Aqueduct over the River Keer…
Lancaster Canal, near Capernwray
Lancaster Canal, near Capernwray
Lancaster Canal, near Capernwray
Lancaster Canal, near Capernwray
Lancaster Canal, near Capernwray
Lancaster Canal, near Capernwray
Wonderful countryside, near Carnfo…
Wonderful countryside, near Carnf…
Lancaster Canal, Carnforth
Lancaster Canal, Carnforth
Reached my destination!
Reached my destination!
I love the blue break in the skies!
I love the blue break in the skies!
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