We had one of our early starts (0645!) for the trip up to Lancaster. A very pleasant 5 hour trip (time off to water etc). Barney and I walked a couple of miles early on and Geoff and he walked a couple of miles into Lancaster.
So far this canal is not as busy as we had expected for August although there are a large number of plastic boats around. Some of them look quite nice and very suitable if you had a house up here and did not want to go too far afield.