Canal walks are growing on me. Having been brought up walking on Dartmoor and Lakeland mountains canals have always struck me as flat and relatively uninspiring dull places. Recently, I've begun to realise that our North West canal network is a fantastic resource for a short stroll and is generally as dog friendly as you can get.
Today we ventured just north of Preston to Moon's Bridge Marina, near Woodplumpton. We had no particular aim in mind, being just happy to make the most of the early morning sunshine. Parking on the road near the marina, we joined the canal at Moon's Bridge and strolled west towards Catforth. The towpath was a still a little muddy in parts following the recent rain but the going was easy. The dog was happy to run and sniff his way for an hour or so, until we reached the M55.
We could have used the good network of footpaths in the area to make a circular route but were content to retrace our steps, admiring the views towards the Bowland fells on our return. The route took us part an inviting coffee shop at the marina near Catforth but unfortunately we were a little early to be able to stop and soak up the sunshine on the wooden benches overlooking the canal.
The dog was off lead for most of the route, except for near the occasional road bridges, and seemed to enjoy the trip despite the absence of his ball!
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Doggy rating 7/10.