We didn't wait to see them, just wandered along to look at the flow on the river then into the village for a wander round before heading back to Tacet and returning to Rufford to visit the Rufford Old Hall, a National Trust property on the banks of the canal.
Only the great hall built around 1530 for Sir Robert Hesketh survives from the original building. But it is very grand and shows the wealth and position of the family.
In 1661 a Jacobean style rustic brick wing was built contrasting with the medieval black and white timbering.
This morning we set off again back to the main line of the L&L following the L&L boat Pauline up the locks although we didn't really catch up with her until the 1st lock on the branch.
Once back on the main line we turned toward Parbold stopping here for lunch, I nipped into the village for some bread to eat with our homemade chicken soup, and the heavens opened, so I got a shower as well!
After lunch and the showers were over, we had a more leisurely wander round the village, prettiest around the canal as Nicholson's guide says.
Tonight we are moored in Crooke where we can get diesel tomorrow morning from Derek on L&L barge Ambush.
9 miles, 1 lock, 7 bridges
11 miles, 9 locks, 5 bridges