41 miles of level walking, lock-free cruising, the Lancaster Canal wends its laid-back way linking Preston to Kendal.
We start at Salwick Aqueduct and walk north. The canal passes under the M55 and the vehicular drone reminds us that busy, noisy lives rattle along. Strangely it doesn’t spoil the walk.
Neither does it deter sky-dancing buzzards. A statuesque heron stands motionless at the water’s edge. Enormous dragonflies, too quick for a snapshot, zip in and out of velvety bulrushes. The unmistakeable iridescent plumage of a kingfisher flashes by; ducks and swans dabble; a moorhen scuttles into the safety of the undergrowth; cattle and sheep nibble lush grass.
Bright red hawthorn berries, the last wizened blackberries, and russet brown and orange hues of autumn remind us of what’s round the corner.
Farmers busy with harvest, fields full of maize, and evidence of a mechanical life.
Parlick and Wolf Fell loom ahead. Another walk for another day.
A picnic and then it’s time to retrace our steps.
This really is an awesome amble on a fine October day.