Two pubs in Lydiate - The Scotch Piper which is the oldest pub in Lancashire (even has a Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotch_Piper_Inn ) - Marstons with guest beers. Also the Weld Blundell Arms (which might have closed suddenly).
No pubs in Tarleton but one in Rufford. --- Steve
Crooke Hall at Crooke is owned by a brewery in Wigan and their beers have been good whenever we've had them. http://www.allgatesbrewery.com/pubs/crooke-hall-inn Plus good write up in the Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/pubs-and-bars/the-crooke-hall-inn-lancashire-pub-review/ --- Steve
Several of the Swingbridges between Wigan and Liverpool have pubs by them. --- Steve
Astley Green also has a couple of pubs (apparently the one Nick and I visited has now gone - so its down to one) --- Steve
Nick informs me that Lymm has its own brewery and some good pubs - we had a good lunchtime pause there last year. There is the Lymn Brewery tap there. There's a brewery in Dunham Massey as well.
We really must visit the Blood Tub at the junction with the Rufford Branch - after all its rather a lot of New Years Eves since we were last there. --- Steve
Also as its the 200 year anniversary we really should call in at The Saracen's Head ( Halsall Warehouse Bridge No 25 ) where there is a commemorative statue as the first sod was cut near here. Saracen's head is a cask marque pub and seems to have had some interesting beers in the recent past. --- Steve
I've just released a version of the software that lets you put pauses in, so you could see what the effect of an hour or two at these places might have. --- Nick
I just put Runcorn (Waterloo Bridge) into the route - its only 4 and a bit miles each way so it doesn't make a huge difference --- Steve
How do people feel about doing the Weaver on the way back? I've never done much of it and the Anderton Lift is always fun --- Steve
Apparently Wigan now has 7 breweries - so we might find some interesting beers in the area --- Steve
Burscough Brewery are just off the canal by the main bridge in Burscough.
Their beer is also sold at the pub in Rufford - so that suggests that their real ale isn't just the usual stuff.