Monday 21st August

A mile walk down Blackburn Road from the station to the canal

Simpson's bridge (Bridge 111D)

Old canalside buildings left to rot in Accrington

Simpson's bridge (Bridge 111D)

Welcome to Oswaldtwistle

Dismantled bridge

Burys bridge (Bridge 111A)

63 miles to Liverpool, 64¼ miles to Leeds

Approaching Foxhill Bank bridge (Bridge 111)

Foxhill Bank bridge (Bridge 111)

Railway bridge at Foxhill Bank (not numbered)

Narrow towpath

Unusual structures at side of canal, brick kilns?

Unusual structures at side of canal, brick kilns?

From old industry to open countryside

Housing by the canal

Old farmhouse with lots of character

Aspen bridge (Bridge 110)

Peace and quiet in the countryside

Golf course behind the huge conifers

Another railway bridge (not numbered)

View towards Hyndburn

A huge bird with an enormous wingspan

A train passes heading to Accrington

Great! A bullock to contend with

Welcome to Rishton sign at New Barn bridge (Bridge 109)

Approaching viaduct that takes us over the M65 motorway

The M65 motorway in the distance

The canal narrows at the viaduct

View west from the M65 motorway viaduct

View east from the M65 motorway viaduct

Leaving the viaduct heading towards Rishton

More housing on the canal bank

A view towards Pendle Hill, famous for the Pendle Witches

Approaching Rishton bridge (Bridge 108A)

Rishton bridge (Bridge 108A)

We came off the canal at Rishton for a bite to eat

View from Rishton bridge (Bridge 108A)

Leaving Rishton

Tottleworth bridge (Bridge 108)

Swans and their young on the towpath

Norden bridge (Bridge 107A)

Huge pylons cross the canal

Cut bridge (Bridge 107)

Cut bridge (Bridge 107)

Out in the countryside

Out in the countryside, the towpath was quite high here

Approaching Side Beet bridge (Bridge 106)

Side Beet bridge (Bridge 106)

New industrial units on the canal bank

New industrial units on the canal bank

Unnamed railway bridge (Bridge 105A)

Lots of geese on the other side

Very high towpath, looking down at the canal

Nondescript retail park

A611 road bridge (Bridge 104C)

Under the A611 road bridge (Bridge 104C)

Huge car dealership at Whitebirk

Whitebirk bridge (Bridge 104B)

Bridge 104AA runs parallel to Whitebirk bridge

Bridge 104AA runs parallel to Whitebirk bridge

Last bit of greenery before Blackburn

Approaching Blackburn, signs of old industry

Imperial Cotton Mill at Blackburn

Imperial Cotton Mill at Blackburn

Imperial Cotton Mill at Blackburn

Imperial Cotton Mill at Blackburn

Greenbank bridge (Bridge 104A)

Rubble close to Greenbank bridge

Looking back at Imperial Cotton Mill

Looking back at Imperial Cotton Mill

Industry and barbed wire

Approaching Sour Milk Hall bridge (Bridge 104)

Industrial decline

Sour Milk Hall bridge (Bridge 104)

Industrial decline

Graham & Brown wallpaper factory

Industry and barbed wire

Daisyfield Mill used by Granada TV and other businesses

Daisyfield Mill used by Granada TV and other businesses

Daisyfield Mill used by Granada TV and other businesses

Another old cotton mill

A decent few yards of the canal

Blackburn skyline from the canal

Graffiti and rubbish

View from Paradise bridge (Bridge 103B)

Paradise bridge (Bridge 103B)

Old canalside building still in use

Eanam bridge (Bridge 103A)

Under Eanam bridge (Bridge 103A)

Prospect House offices from Eanam bridge

Eanam Wharf

Eanam Wharf

Eanam Wharf

Eanam Wharf

View of Blackburn from Eanam Wharf

Looking back at Eanam Wharf, note gates

Unnamed bridge (Bridge 103AA)

Approaching Cicely bridge (Bridge 103)

Cicely bridge (Bridge 103)

Modern canalside housing at Blackburn

A view of Blackburn Station from the towpath

Not far now

Audley bridge (Bridge 102A)

Not a lot to see other than industrial buildings

Litter in the canal at Blackburn

More modern housing on the canal

Brewery bridge (Bridge 102) complete with graffiti

Asda supermarket, we come off here

End of the walk, Grimshaw Park bridge (Bridge 101)

Up the cobbled path between the main road and Asda