Liverpool to Leeds

Day 1: Liverpool to Wheelton
Distance: 49 Miles

So, the day finally arrived and we made it to Liverpool and started our journey at 09:45:

Bridge number 1

2 miles done!

The ride through Liverpool was smooth and pleasant and we managed to strike it lucky with the weather. We stopped for our first break at the Ship Inn in Lathom at around 11:20:

We made it to Halsall (where the first sod of grass was dug for the canal) at 12:00 before stopping for lunch at the Farmers Arms in Rufford:

Halsall Navvy

Cajun Chicken Sandwich and Chips.. mmmmm

From Rufford it was on to Parbold, Wigan, Haigh Hall and Wheelton (with a stop for ice cream along the way), before food at the top lock (thank you Sue and Dave) and pitching our tent for the night:

WWII Pill box at Parbold

Haigh Hall
What's the coming over the hill? is it a... oh it's Simon!

Day 2: Wheelton to Skipton
Distance: 49 Miles

It rained in the night. It got windy through the night. It rained in the morning. We set off at 07:30 in the drizzle, but luckily it didn't last and before long it was back to short sleeved tops again. We made it to the half way marker at 09:30 with a quick break after Church...

and then onto lunch at the Fouldridge cafe:

We then made our way to Skipton, but unfortunately never made it in time for the clog festival...

I have to say, Niffany Farm is a great place to camp. The showers are excellent and there is an out building that has a pool table and dart board. You can also freeze your freezer packs for free if you have them.

Day 3: Skipton to Leeds
Distance: 30 Miles

Another drizzled start to the morning, but again this didn't last long before turning out to be the hottest day of the ride. We set of at 09:15 and cycled into Skipton town center for some breakfast before our final stint to Leeds.

Another stop for much needed food at the Bingley Five Rise locks:

Jam and cream scones.... mmmmmm

"Left a bit...a bit more"

Saltaire Mills

from Bridge 1 to Lock 1
"Where did you get that hat?..."

A big thank you goes to everyone who sponsored us, to Bob and the owner of Contours Day Spa and to our families for letting us out to "play".

Thank You!

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