We returned to the the Lancaster Canal at Bilsborrow again today. Having parked next to the cricket ground at Guys Thatched Hamlet and Owd Nells we walked up the canal in the Lancaster direction, through the marina and to the viaduct over the river Brock. The walk up the canal to the Brock only takes 10 minutes or so, but is very pleasant.
Last time we were here, the river Brock was a raging torrent, but today we were able to descent the steep steps leading down to a wide grass riverbank and gently shelving pool next to the viaduct. This proved to be a heavenly spot for a spot of doggy paddle, and if we'd have had a picnic there could be no better place!
When the dog finally gave up chasing his ball, and began to shiver in the realision of how cold the water had been, we climbed back up to the canal and I began to walk back to our starting point. The dog though had other ideas and stared wistfully in the oppostite direction. Being the softee that I am, and thinking it wouldn't do any harm to get him dried off, I gave in and we walked up the canal to the A6 road bridge. The return alongside the A6 through Brock gave yet another chance to perfect our heel work (which is getting better!). After ten minutes of road walking we took a clearly marked track back towards Myerscough Collge which led us to the canalside and back to Guys.
All in all, a good little walk, and a great spot for dogs who love swimming.
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Doggy rating 7/10