Saturday, July 08, 2017

Mills at Leigh

We left at 9.30am and made our way to Leigh, it was an ok cruise, but you could tell as we approached we weren't going to get any moorings there.
There are two big cotton mills and you can see that the town relied on them in its day.
We had now come off the Bridgewater and onto the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
We tried to moor up just the other side but it was too shallow for Derwent6. After some advice from another boater we moored on the Penkerton Flash which is a big lake which the canal overlooks, another great mooring.
After setting up we took a walk into town to suss out some music for tonight. We also wanted to see the Rugby in the morning over breakfast so we organised that.
It was market day in town, so lots of offers to tempt us. We found a lovely coffee shop, called The Coffee Shop, with loads of music memorabilia inside. It was so welcoming and is a family run business, even one of the customers brought us some sponge cake to have with our coffee, we can really recommend it.
We walked back to Derwent6 and then chilled for a few hours before we were invited round to Mark and Sian's boat for dinner. Sian had cooked a lovely chilli and a bit special it was too, we had all the trimmings with nachos and dips.
After watching a bit of tennis we then walked into town and found a band playing in The Musketeers pub, the music was great but the beer (even the soft drinks) was very poor, like the pipes hadn't been cleaned..
We could only watch the first set before we had to get a decent drink. We found one on the way back home and then walked back to Derwent6.

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