Day 9 – Norman

Today we left Northwich in Cheshire for Garstang in North Lancs, about 71 miles.  The first bit was through pleasant rolling countryside, until we reached Lymm and found we were going through the Mersey valley industrial area.  The only interest there was a toll bridge, high over the Manchester Ship Canal.  On through Leigh, and West Houghton, and we reached countryside again.  The weather was overcast.  We turned East to avoid Preston and climbed up the hills between Blackburn and Preston. And eventually reached Garstang via Ribchester.  For once I felt very stretched and weary, but managed to complete the 71 miles and 2000 feet.  We have gone more than half way.