I'm not a huge fan of canal walks, but they do provide lots of opportunities for an off-lead run around and the towpaths are generally easy going underfoot. Canal walks also have a tendency to include a pub, and this is no exception! The walk was very quiet when we did it. The whole route is well fenced from the adjacent fields and livestock.
We parked today at Guys Thatched Hamlet at Bilsborrow. This well known canal-side attraction includes the Owd Nells pub and has lots of outdoor seating. Initially, though, it provides a good place to park the car.
We walked North up the towpath, past the marina and out into open country-side. It's not really a quiet walk as for much of the route you're close to ether the A6, M6, the mainline rail route or all three. The walk also passes the new site for Barton Grange Garden Centre and Marina. At the time of writing this, construction is is still in its early stages but it did cross my mind that at some stage you'd be able to start this walk with a coffee at Owd Nells, have lunch at the Kenlis Arms near Garstang, take afternoon tea at Barton Grange and enjoy a refreshing pint back at Own Nells. Sounds great!
The walk also takes in a few viaducts with crossings of the rivers Brock and, if you get that far, the river Wyre. We didn't quite make it up to the Wyre this morning but it makes a good target if you fancy a long walk. We retraced our steps after an hour or so of walking, at the small aqueduct near to Ray Lane and the Kenlis Arms.
Overall, a nice walk. It was fairly quiet although we did see another lovely springer spaniel and passed a short time with its owners talking about holidays in Cornwall and Ireland.
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Doggy rating 6/10