Friday 27th April 2012
Yesterday we decided to stay put on the strength of weather forecast. The met office web site had an amber warning of heavy rain so we thought it wise. In the event it turned out to be mostly dry all day up until about 4.00 pm, so we could have moved but that's life.
Looking at the forecast we had high hopes of moving today, but when we got up and looked out it was raining. It soon stopped though, and in sunshine we set off down Johnson's Hillock Locks. A flight of 7 locks set in really pretty surroundings.
6 out of the 7 locks were in our favour, which makes for great progress and it only took us about 1 1/2 hours to complete the flight.
A few more miles brought us to Botany Bay, a themed shopping centre using and old mill building. It mostly seems to be art and craft based, with a bit of furnishing and kitchen thrown in.
We had a look into it and decided to have lunch in the upstairs restaurant, good value for a couple of filled baked potatoes.
We'll stay here tonight and move on to the top of the Wigan flight tomorrow.