LEJOG – Day 7: Runcorn to Slaidburn

Day 7: Runcorn to Slaidburn – 70 Miles

Day 7 and our LEJOG route today saw us tackle a lot of urban cycling as we encountered the delights of North West England. First off Warrington and then onto Leigh and Bolton. Cycling through the towns posed a challenge to the navigation, so it was no surprise that I decided to follow the others as they negotiated the lefts, rights, turnarounds etc.

The next sprawing metropolis, was Blackburn, I can’t say I know too much about Blackburn apart from their successful football club and there wasn’t much to see or do in the city, but a few of us did stop off at a bike shop to stock up on a few inner tubes and some health drinks – we were reliably informed by LEJOG veteran Nick that the route onto Slaidburn was to become a lot more scenic and that meant only one thing…more hills


Tacking the hills outside Blackburn

And indeed it was…so before tackling the first of many it was time for an Ice cream, we stopped at what seemed a cottage and had been extended to provide an ice cream parlour and had a pleasant chat with the residents about our travels so far and what we were about to encounter on the way to Slaidburn.

Ice Cream Break

On we went and on went the hills, as they led us into Slaidburn and where we stopped for the night as the YHA in the village for a well earned rest, Day 7 of LEJOG was complete!

Slaidburn YHA

Mark met his wife for the evening and decided to spend the night away from us and back to the luxury of his own home not too far away. I saw this as an opportunity to bundle in some of my washing into Mark’s bag but was caught out!

We all met up at the local pub, the Hark to Bounty which, by a country mile, laid on the best meal we had on the whole trip.

Hark To Bounty

I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my LEJOG Blog. I hope you’ve found it interesting and feel free to post your thoughts and comments. Once again, thank you for visiting Simon’s LEJOG blog

3 thoughts on “LEJOG – Day 7: Runcorn to Slaidburn

  • My part of the world – Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley! Hope you enjoyed the stunning countryside. Did you go over Waddington Fell to Slaidburn? And where was the ice cream parlour? – looks like it could have been Hillcrest at Mitton. BTW I got lost in Leigh when I did LEJOG so you’re in good company!

    • Thanks for the comments!

      Fantastic countryside, yes the ice cream parlour was at Hillcrest, before you take a sharp left and onwards to a medieval church. Slaidburn was stunning and is a place I hope to return to.

      • Ha ha, what you really mean is you hope to return to the Hark to Bounty! Must be about 25 years since I stayed there – though I can still remember my brutal hangover!

        Enjoying reading your blog Simon – looking forward to Week 2!

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