Sunday, 17 May 2009

Etruria, Caldon Canal

6 Locks, 5 ½ Miles. Now moored below Etruria staircase locks.

Etruria Junction where the Caldon Canal meets the Trent and Mersey Canal
with the BW yard in between.

Speaks for itself.

Yesterday afternoon we encountered heavy rain and thunder storms with more heavy overnight rain. Hopefully this will get the bad weather out of the way and things would improve. There was a brief break in the clouds this morning with lots of sunshine but by the time we were ready to set off more showers had arrived on the scene.

These old pottery kilns are listed buildings. The factories around them have gone to be replaced with apartment blocks.

Plenty of boats on the move today so it was one in, one out at most of the locks making things a bit easier. We passed Nb Debdale moored under a bridge coming through Stoke but it wasn’t Adrian and Adam aboard. At the Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canal Junction we had to come out of Ridgeways lock and do a sharp right hand turn, the only trouble was that the wind wasn’t in our favour. We completed half the turn and then allowed a boat to pass across our stern to enter the lock we had just vacated. It then took another 3 goes to line ourselves up with the entrance to the Caldon Canal due to the wind catching the bow and pushing it in the wrong direction.

We pulled into the services block by the BW yard for water and then had 3 attempts to find a suitable mooring where we could get satellite reception, we don’t want to miss Simon Cowell’s “Britain’s got Talent” and "The Eurovision Song contest". After a quick look around, this looks to be an interesting sort of place so we may stay a couple of days.

First cygnets for 2009 on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Etruria Junction.

1628 locks, 3457 miles, 59 Tunnels, 45 swing bridges and 39 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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