A To Z Index
Street Index
Message Board
Contact Us Donate to Us
Buildings
Censuses
Churches
Cookbook
Community
Conversions
Council
Directories
Downloads
Event Calendar
Farming
Fun & Games
Geology
Genealogy
History
Industry
Leisure
Maps
Occupations
Parks
Pubs & Clubs
Photo Gallery
Rishton Life
Services
Schools
Shops
Sports
Stories
Suburbs
Transport
Tourism
Walks
Waterways
Web Utilities
Video's

Website Information

Whats newWhat's new?

Why not try the "Interactive Map" of Rishton, move your mouse over the map and click on the hotspots to open the page.

Search This Website


powered by FreeFind

Today in Rishton..

Current Weather

Rishton, England, United Kingdom Weather Forecast Provided by Weathercity.com

Latest News Headlines

Currently Unavailable

For more news on Rishton use this link

Website Visitors

 

(See the web stats page in the utilities section of the site for previous visitors)

Since February 2009 -

free counters

I believe most kids in Rishton will have walked the canal at some time or other, and I don't mean on the towpath!

Once the canal was frozen a few bricks would be thrown on, the bigger the better, and if the ice didn't break or crack, it was safe to walk on!

The same was true with the bottom lodge, and no doubt the reservoir, but I never went up there when it was frozen.

Frozen Canal 2002

There have been several reports of people drowning on the reservoir while ice skating, click the link above to read about them.

The canal was the safest bet, its only 20 feet wide and once it froze it was solid. Kids would walk from one side to the other as if it was a footpath, those goodies seen on the other side could finally be examined, what was it that had been teasing us all that time? pieces of scrap metal usually, thrown out bits of loom, but finally within walking distance.

Several people have wrote to me telling me about when they went walking on the ice at the bottom lodge.

A few steps in and everything was fine, then suddenly, an ear piercing crack! This happened to me as well, and it must have took me an eternity to get off, sliding my feet rather than walking in the hope of stopping the ice from cracking further.

I never made it across from one side to the other, the furthest I remember walking out was about 10 yards, and it was the weirdest feeling!