Not only did my hosts give me the run of their home last night they even got up early and made me a lovely breakfast. Thanks again guys!
It rained all day today, not hard but persistent, the sort of rain that makes you really wet. Now my gear is quite good; my Gortex coat worked well and so did my waterproof trousers which, incidentally, I wear over a pair of long johns. I didn’t wear gaiters today as I didn’t expect much mud but will do tomorrow. Even with all this good kit, and even after a lovely relaxing evening, the rain is depressing especially as the forecast said showers. So I have had a shortish day today and booked into the busy Royal Oak in Garstang.
I didn’t enjoy my lunchtime pub stop at Bilsborrow (Owd Nell’s Canalside Tavern).The interesting looking thatch pub was extremely busy but I managed to get to the bar and purchase a bitter shandy. I then made my way to a nearby table and was about to take my backpack off when a young staff member told me that I couldn’t sit down without having pre-ordered food. ‘I just want to sit and look at the menu’, I said, but no she would not let me sit anywhere. I was stuck with my large backpack on my back, a pair of walking poles in my left hand and a pint in my right……….
I left the pub soon after as they clearly didn’t want my custom – they need to do some staff training too. Never mind, I met some nice walkers on the towpath that recommended the Royal Oak where I am now staying. They also told me how much they enjoyed The West Highland Way which I am looking forward to tackling later in this trip. With any luck the weather will be a bit better tomorrow and I will continue along the grass towpath to Lancaster and maybe beyond…