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.
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