Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Weaver Weather

You need good weather to enjoy the Weaver, and we’ve had it these last two days. It’s no fun battling high winds and heavy rain on the lower stretches where the banks flatten out.

We’re supposed to have another day of warm dry conditions before it goes downhill again towards the weekend.

We made a shopping and services trip into Northwich yesterday, which took so long that we ended up at the bottom of the lift again for another night. But this morning we were off at just after 10:00, heading downstream.

The Boat Lift looks impressive etched against the bright sky.

Busy this morning, two going up; two coming down.

On Barnton Cut, heading towards Saltersford Lock

The rising ground dead ahead is through where Saltersford Tunnel takes the Trent and Mersey Canal further north, 50 feet higher than the river.

We just missed out at Saltersford Lock, a pair of boats were just on the way down. If we’d been 5 minutes earlier we could have joined them.

Waiting for Saltersford Lock

NBs Gemini and Carpe Diem going down.

Another boat came up, and then it was our turn, joined by a narrowbeam Dutch barge and a small launch.

Acton Bridge is a couple of miles further on, and we were surprised to see empty moorings here. It’s a popular spot, close to car parking (for those boaters that have cars!) and a pub.

Acton Bridge and empty moorings.

We caught up with NB Gemini just before Dutton Lock. They’d stopped for water, and were taking it easy knowing that we’d have to wait for the lock-keeper to finish his lunch.

Dutton Sluices through the new towpath bridge, the lock is round the corner.

Poor old MV Chica is looking no better….

Three of us shared Dutton Lock, then NB Gemini pulled in to moor below the lock while Strawberry Fields followed us further downstream.

Out of Dutton Lock

The electrified West Coast Main Line crosses the river on the spectacular Dutton Railway Viaduct just below the lock.

Dutton Railway Viaduct

The Grade II listed structure was built in 1836 and carries the railway on 20 sandstone arches.

Unfortunately it’s graceful outline was marred in the ‘60s by the addition of the overhead cable gantries. Such is progress, I guess.

There was only one boat on the meadowside mooring at Devil’s Garden, so we pulled in there. This is another popular mooring spot, but for entirely different reasons than those at Acton Bridge. Here we’re way out in the country, no pub, no cars, no noise.

Devil’s Garden

Mags doing her “I see no ships”.

Later in the afternoon we were joined by another narrowboat, then 3 wide beam boats arrived, having come on to the river at Marsh Lock from the Manchester Ship Canal. They’d come down the Leeds and Liverpool from Rufford, then into Manchester and onto the Ship Canal near Salford Quays.

Locks 2, miles 10¼

1 comment:

Karen & Ian (nb Serenity) said...

We had lovely weather moored in the same spot. It was our first time on the River Weaver, we would definitely return again.