Friday, 28 May 2010

Vertical Descent.

Down on the Weaver and a chance to add some photo's.
Going back a bit,

Wardle Lock at Middlewich, now that is what I call a leaking top gate.

Croxton flash on the Trent and Mersey, the widened canal is due to subsidence from salt extraction, all that for a packet of crisps.

The Anderton lift is such an iconic structure that more photos are probably superfluous but it is an impressive bit of Victorian engineering, the sheer size is overwhelming.
Today we took the plunge (Perhaps a bad choice of words there!) and went down the monster.

You approach across the aquaduct.

We shared with a Canal Time boat.

You have plenty of time to to admire the views.

and then into the caisson.

At the bottom the gate opens

and you are out onto the Weaver.

BIG locks, these are the top gates of Saltersford.

We are now moored at Acton Swing Bridge, wouldn't it be fun to swing that one and watch the traffic build up on the A49? I can only say that the Weaver lives up to expectations, it is quite lovely, once you lose Brunner-Mond chemical works, and boat traffic appears to be almost non-existent.

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