Bottom Flash

May 31, 2010

We have had a break from the rain and so out with the bikes, we cycled down to Winsford and the bottom flash. I think that the best way to see the flash has to be by boat as it proved a bit difficult from the bikes. We did some shopping in Winsford and then headed back to the boat for lunch. I am not sure that we will go down to Winsford with the boat as New bridge has a very low air draught, we are 6 foot to the top of our top box and the lock keeper thought that we may have a problem after the recent rain.

We went for a walk this afternoon and I have to say this is a marvellous location, a secret location that we love. Apparently spring watch filmed at Hunts lock and it is supposed to be televised this week, it is a good place for birds of prey especially the sparrow hawk.

I googled operation of the Vale Royal Lock only to find that Lazy Days was the third hit and we know absolutely nothing about it so it must be back to the lock keeper for further information.

Our current mooring

Bottom Flash

Statistics so far:-

1353.90 Miles, 854 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 65 Lift Bridges, 14 Tunnels

Vale Royal Cut

May 30, 2010

We moved up through two locks today into a very beautiful spot in what is called the Vale Royal Cut. It was so pleasant coming up through the manned locks, the lock keepers were ever so friendly and very informative. The Vale Royal Lock is very special and has a very complicated system of operation, which I wont go into here, for the simple reason I have forgotten the intricacies. I will research this, i.e. ask the lock keeper to go over it again, and report at a later date.

We will probably stay here for a couple of days as there is so much to do, we have planned two bike rides, knee willing and also a walk.

Vale Royal Lock Sluice

Vale Royal Lock from Up stream

Today we did 3.01 Miles and 2 Locks

Statistics so far:-

1353.90 Miles, 854 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 65 Lift Bridges, 14 Tunnels

Glebe, Sydney

May 29, 2010

I would like to have supplied some photos of Northwich, but I have been hold up in the boat all day with my feet up. The visit to the doctors was a big success and the anti inflammatory tablets are doing their stuff, so in order to speed up the recovery I have stayed on the boat. Frances did the shopping but I did manage to cook the tea.

So in the absence of local photos here is one of the first house that we lived in together in Glebe Sydney in 1971. It was an unusual house in that it was a detached terrace of two up two down construction. We revisited this and some of the other places that we lived when we were in Australia earlier this year.

1a York Street Glebe, Sydney

Statistics so far:-

1350.89 Miles, 852 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 65 Lift Bridges, 14 Tunnels

Anderton Lift

May 28, 2010

We are now on the river Weaver, I do like rivers. We had booked our trip through the Anderton lift and duly made our way at the appointed time. The lift was built in 1875, it is an amazing structure that consists of 6 hydraulic cylinders that pump the system up in the morning and then for normal operation there are two hydraulic cylinders and two balanced chambers that balance boats going up with boats going down. We got this from a very helpful Lock Keeper or should that be Lift Keeper.

We are now moored up in Northwich on the last of the limited moorings, we specifically took the mid day slot at the lift so that we could moor up in Northwich and I am glad that we did this otherwise we would have probably have had to return to the country park next to the Anderton Lift.

The Trent and Mersey is a beautiful canal and the journey up from Middlewich was a good mix of industry (albeit obsolete) and bucolic views, well worth another visit. The canal has a lot of what are called Flashes which are shallow extensions where old canal boats were sunk, you are advised to stay on the channel as you pass these places. They make great wild life sections but I am not sure what their original intention was meant to be.

Old Wreck near a Flash on the Trent and Mersey

Anderton Lift

Anderton Lift

Today we did 9.48 Miles Oh! and 1 boat lift

Statistics so far:-

1350.89 Miles, 852 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 65 Lift Bridges, 14 Tunnels

Bramble Cutting

May 27, 2010

Well I have not mentioned that I have my dreaded bad knee back, it started after we visited the zoo so it has been playing up for a week now. This morning we were getting ready to move off and as usual I hadn’t had my breakfast as I had been too busy playing on the computer. So I take my cereal and put it on top of the hatch at the back of the boat. Now one of the problems with the knee is I can’t bend it too much and this makes putting boots on a bit a problem, so there I am struggling away on one foot so to steady myself I reach up to get some support and promptly grab the cereal bowl tipping it over and covering the place in cereal and milk. A quick change of clothes and we were on our way, oh! after Frances had cleared up the mess.

I had an appointment with the doctor who told me to keep my feet up and gave me some painkillers, yes I have housemaids knee and if it doesn’t clear up in a few days I should have the fluid drained.

Last night we had the most fantastic moon light so I took a couple of shots, this wasn’t easy as the camera needed to be about half a metre up from the back deck and I can’t bend my knee so I had to lie with my legs down the back stairs and hang out the back, while I was doing this I just happened to have an ice pack on my knee, who said men can only do one thing at a time. I was using a tripod so at least I didn’t have to hold the camera.

Middlewich moorings looked fine and peaceful as we came into town, but as we have booked to go down the Anderton lift tomorrow we have moved on. We are now moored in a very nice picnic area at Bramble Cutting.

And yes we have joined a new canal – The Trent and Mersey


Middlewich moorings

Today we did 3.69 Miles and 6 Locks

Statistics so far:-

1341.41 Miles, 852 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 65 Lift Bridges, 14 Tunnels

Stanthorne Lock

May 26, 2010

We are just outside Middlewich at moorings near the Stanthorne Lock, we met someone along the way that advised against mooring in Middlewich, don’t know how true this is but we will go through tomorrow and have a look. The town itself is not supposed to be much to go on.

The promised rain came down this afternoon after we had stopped for lunch so we only managed to travel a further mile before decided to moor up, if we were not to moor in Middlewich it would have taken another two and half hours and 6 Locks to get through and back out into the countryside.

You can see from the map (from Jim Sheads web site) how much of the system we have done, coloured in black. So you can see that there remains a fair amount still to be done, we may need to speed our progress up a tad.

The Mon and Brec in Wales was done on a hire boat just before we bought Lazydays, so maybe should not be on here but everything else has been done since we set out almost two years ago.

Canal Map

Today we did 5.86 Miles and 2 Locks

Statistics so far:-

1337.72 Miles, 846 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 65 Lift Bridges, 14 Tunnels

Middlewich Arm

May 25, 2010

Another new canal today and this will be the start of a regular occurrence as we head up North, we have not been here before. We still haven’t decided in which route to take next after we have done the river Weaver, so any suggestions gratefully welcome. We are considering the Lancaster and the Liverpool and Leeds but as to which order, well that remains to be seen.

I was looking through the pictures that I took while we were on the Llangollen and came across a one that I particularly liked from near Trevor, I also did not include a picture of the Shady Oak pub which is in a picturesque setting.

Near Trevor on Llangollen Canal

Shady Oak

Today we did 4.74 Miles

Statistics so far:-

1331.86 Miles, 844 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 65 Lift Bridges, 14 Tunnels