The forecast was for light showers and the black clouds above promised something heavier. But being Britain in June there was blue sky and warm sunshine enough to make my waterproofs feel unnecessary. After a snack from Tescos we parked on the road by Burscough Bridge and joined the towpath. Under the bridge there were a couple of boats moored by the old depot buildings. They were filling up with water and had obviously been in Liverpool for the Coal and Cotton rally. The rally had finished and there were quite a few boats on their way back. It was nice to see the canal with some extra boats on it. After Moss Bridge there was a mini rally with more narrow boats. Along the towpath were the signs that the horse drawn narrowboat had been passed recently but we had to wait until Parbold to see it moored up by the windmill. Milepost 27 is still visible after some of the brambles were cut back earlier in the year, this time last year it was completely hidden. We chose to push our luck and carry on from Parbold to Appley Bridge, the black clouds still threatening.
Approaching Appley lock a narrowboat that had been following us since Burscough caught up with us. By now my companion was drinking puddles so we decided to go to the station and get the train back to Burscough rather than carry on to Gathurst. We avoided any rain until we were back in Burscough.