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I'd been wanting to visit both the Weaver's Triangle Visitor Centre in Burnley for some years now, and the annual Burnley Canal Festival which is held in August every year seemed like the perfect time. What I hadn't expected though, especially after such a strange weather year as this, and the recent heatwave and drought, was that the day I chose to go would turn out to be one of the wettest of the year, with almost non-stop rain for the entire year.

Now a drop of the wet stuff doesn't bother me in the slightest, in fact I like taking pictures in crappy weather, and it wouldn't stop me from visiting the Visitor Centre and the nearby Oak Mount Mill Engine, which was also having one of its rare open days as well, and which was the main reason for my visit anyway. I did feel sorry for the Canal Festival organisers and participants though, they'd had a great day the day before, but were largely washed out with most events curtailed by the heavy rains, you can spend months planning these things, but one thing you can't plan for is the unpredictable Lancashire weather. The other thing that affected the Festival was the closure of over 55 miles of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, which had prevented many regular visitors from getting to the site, quite ironic that this was due to a drought and water shortage. Anyway, I may try again next year, but at least I enjoyed taking photos of some of the old buildings around the canal, I always was partial to a bit of 'Wabi-Sabi'! :-)

Both the Visitor Centre and the Canal Festival are well worth a visit if you are in the area.


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