Despite the rain we decided to press on and as it turned out it was just as well, the weather turned out fine and we completed the last few miles in glorious sunshine. We came through a wood full of diving swallows, they were flying through the air dipping and diving around the boat, unfortunately we couldn’t stop as we had a date with the Preston Brook Tunnel. Passage through in our direction is during the first 10 minutes of the hour. So we pressed on and after negotiating the Dutton Stop Lock, which is all of two inches high and was presumably to control the flow between the Bridgewater canal and the Trent and Mersey, we moved through the tunnel.
The journey down to Runcorn was very quiet there is not much boat traffic down the arm and we are the only cruising boat moored at the end, although there are quite a few permanent moored boats behind secure closures.
I have to say I am not sure whether the final destination warranted the journey down. Pearson paints a very fine picture of the Runcorn end of the Bridgewater but we spent what seemed like ages weaving our way through a maze of roadways but were unable to find the old locks. We did however find the Manchester ship canal and the Mersey, mind you we would have been hard pushed to have missed them.
Today we did 8.65 Miles 1 Lock and 1 Tunnels
Statistics so far:-
1398.42 Miles, 861 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 65 Lift Bridges, 17 Tunnels