Saturday, 27 September 2008

Unexplored Territory of the Trent & Mersey.

6 Locks, 3½ Miles. Now moored above bridge 176 Trent & Mersey.

The land was covered in a haze of mist this morning with the sun vainly trying to break through the cloud cover. The run down to Middlewich was uneventful except for spotting Nb Felis Catus III belonging to canal stalwart, the late Mike Stevens and his wife, Wendy. From the outward appearance of the boat it doesn't appear to have done much since Mike passed away which is a shame as it is a beautiful boat and was designed with cruising in mind.

Once on the Trent & Mersey canal we watered up and found the town moorings to make a visit to Tesco's. By this time the sun was really making its presence felt which was great. Passing the Croxton Flash was an experience with this huge lake off to the side of the canal and just 2 white marker posts indicating where the non towpath side of the canal was with just the occasional rock breaking the surface of the water. The lake or Flash was created by subsidence create by the old salt mining that has been the life blood of this area since Roman days.

We are now moored in a very nice location out in the country but we can still hear the traffic noise from the nearby main road. From here its only about 7 lock free miles to the Anderton Lift where we will drop down onto the River Weaver tomorrow.

1467 locks, 3053½ miles, 51 Tunnels, 42 swing bridges and 39 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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