A mad dash down to Preston station on Thursday to rendezvous with Mel, my old walking pal from way back. His wife had sent him up north for the weekend. Our usual first visit is to a local Indian takeaway for a quick lunch of Samosas. http://www.rksweets.com
The afternoon was showery with dry sunny intervals, we took the opportunity of one of these intervals for a quick walk, to blow the cobwebs away, around the forest tracks on Longridge Fell.
Just made it before the next downpour.
The local curry house, http://hamadanrestaurantlongridge.co.uk/,
had a half price meal deal so no debate about where we should eat.
Liverpool was our destination for the next day. Down to the docks and first The Tate Gallery and some interesting linked art exhibitions showing the influence of the masters on the their successors. In no particular order…
Haven’t been down here for a few years and the place is busy, some new statues including one of the iconic Billy Fury.
Liverpool 1 seems to have taken over in this end of town. Managed to find a Chinese buffet for lunch – cheep and cheerful! http://www.maysumrestaurant.co.uk/
Next on our whistle stop tour was the Walker Art Gallery with some early David Hockney paintings.
Watch this video for more interpretation. —
I will return to the Walker soon to look at their other exhibits. But now we were down to the Liverpool Library. Wow what a place!
The writer Frank Cottrell Boyce has said that the new library had been completely overhauled to an unrecognisable degree.He said: ‘It’s like going to meet your gran and finding out that she’s turned into Beyonce,’ Just stunning.
Getting out of some of these gated and ticketed car parks is never straight forward. Have a dread of getting to the barrier, nothing working and a great line of cars behind me!
Saturday was for relaxing, short afternoon walk in the local countryside…..
We had arranged to meet up with more friends on the Sunday for a walk based on the Witton Weavers Way near Blackburn. Lucky to have a bright clear day so that Mel doesn’t think it always rains up here.
The Leeds – Liverpool Canal tow path was busy with dog walkers, runners and cyclists.
Soon we were in the Hoghton Gorge with the river running high.
Above is Hoghton Towers the home of the de Hoghtons since the 12 C. It was claimed James 1st visited in 1617 and ‘knighted’ a loin of beef, this is most likely a false etymology for sirloin. We reminisced of adventurous climbing escapades in the nearby quarry.
But thoughts of food drove us on to the hamlet of Pleasington and the pleasant surprise of the Butlers arms pub. hhtp://www.thebutlersarms.co.uk