We were lucky to miss the storm that was promised, though sadly we hear towns further North didn’t fair so well. ‘Sod’s Law’ would dictate that if we hadn’t prepared for a storm, we’d have taken a hit.
Our first lock of the day, was Deptmore Lock (#42). Picture below shows us cruising towards the lock…
… and this pic below shows us sailing away from the lock.
The weather threatened us most of the day, though we were lucky to only have got ‘dampened’ twice.
Fabulous bridges, such as ‘Milford Bridge’ (#105) which is a turnover bridge (swapping towpaths).
Eight beautiful cygnets, well done Mr & Mrs Swan!
River Sow Aqueduct below. We approached the Aqueduct on a blind and very windy bend, making it difficult to line Cyan up for the narrow channel.
Just after the Aqueduct, is Tixall Lock, leading us to Tixall Wide.
We were soon back on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Great Haywood Junction, turning right towards Haywood Lock (#22).
I have nightmares about this lock resulting from a bad experience when we were no more then novices. The lock doesn’t have a bridge to get to the other side, and being height challenged (little legs), stepping onto the ‘runner’ on the top gate is impossible because of the large gap, the gap is far to ‘big’ for little legs to jump/step over confidently. As for the double gates, they are far too wobbly to walk over when there’s no water in the lock.
The problem we had with this lock no longer exist because I can now take the helm, leaving John to work the lock. ‘Devil’s Lock’ is our name for this lock. The picture below was taken as we sailed away from Devil’s Lock.
The Trent & Mersey Canal is now side-by-side, for part of the way, with the River Trent…
… as does the Trent Valley Line, part of the West Coast Main Line System.
Another sign of Autumn, ‘Virginia Creepers’ are turning into beautiful shades of russet red.
‘Wee Willie Winkie’ is what we call this chappie, we pass him just as we venture into the ‘open topped’ Armitage Tunnel, travelling towards ‘The Plum Pudding’ public house. He looks to have been spruced up since we last saw him.
The magnificent bridge near Armitage Shanks Factory, and other pictures taken today.
Cruising along we were fascinated by the antics of this bird of prey, think we’ve identified it as a buzzard. Just wish, for the umpteenth time, we had a better camera.
We are now moored outside ‘The Crown Inn’, just after ‘Handsacre Crown Bridge’ (#58). Next door to the pub is a fabulous Cypriot ‘Fish ‘n’ Chip’ shop (which provided our supper). In the picture below of the pub, the white dog in the window is real! I’ve seen cats sitting on window cills, but never a dog. I think the dog is a boxer dog, with a ‘black patch’ over half of it’s face.
Today we’ve cruised 14 miles, and 4 locks. WiFi is 40 Mg, and digital TV is good.