Our first stop outside Liverpool was at Litherlands. There is a services facility there with moorings inside a locked gate. Outside the gate is a large Tesco's store, very convenient.
Moored in front of us was NB Winedown, which had been in Salthouse Dock with us. One of the other boats there had sugested a BBQ, so, back to Tesco's for some suitable supplies and the charcoal was soon smoking away. Even though the weather was a bit marginal, we all had a great evening. It is always good to get to know different boaters, and hopefully we will meet again on our travels in the future.
There are two swing bridges to be opened by the waterways people on the way out, so we organised ourselves to be there at 1.00 pm. With four other boats we were let through and on our way, finally stopping for the night near Maghull.
Just as we were about to leave next morning the four boats passed us. We joined onto the end of the convoy, very convenient as the swing bridges come quite frequently. With five boats passing the waiting cars, the drivers can get a bit impatient. We passed on our way, at Halsall, a statue dedicated to the Navvies who dug the canals. It is rare to see the contribution of these workmen recognised. We finally lost the convoy when we stopped to fill up with diesel, and we spent the night at Burscough.
We have now arrived back in Wigan, just in time to find the local Wetherspoons for a Sunday lunch, plus the usual extras. Don't ask!!
It has been a great couple of days cruising. The sun shone yesterday, very warm. Today started misty and never got going, but it wasn't cold or windy, which is a bonus.