So we moved off from Sawley today, heading for Weston and the pleasant, quiet countryside around the Trent Valley.
Leaving the busy Sawley Marina
Since we arrived yesterday we’ve seen more boats on the move than for a week on the Soar!
Out onto the wide river above the flood lock, it’s a 10 minute cruise to Derwent Mouth and the connection to the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Across Derwent Mouth.
With the Trent coming in from the left and the Derwent from the right, it can be “interesting” crossing here when there’s a lot of water about. Nothing to worry about today, though.
Lock 1 of the Trent and Mersey Canal is Derwent Mouth Lock. A boat was on the way out as we arrived, leaving it set up for us.
Derwent Mouth Lock
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Then it was a gentle chug through Shardlow, past moored boats and old converted warehouses.
Shardlow was a major canal “port” situated as it is at the junction of the Trent and the canal. It’s still very boat orientated, with chandlers, boatbuilders and marinas. But if you’re interested in late 18th, early 19th century architecture, this is the place to be.
We left the village through Shardlow Lock. BW have already got equipment on the lock-side, ready to start on Monday.
The locks up the Trent valley are comfortably spaced at this point, allowing time for a brew between each. it’s 1¼ miles to Aston Lock, then another 1½ to Weston.
Leaky top gate paddles at Aston LockAnd a fair bit of woodsmoke…..
We arrived at Weston Lock at around 12:15. I thought we were going to have to discuss lock landing use with these two anglers, but one gate was open so we could go straight in.
Weston Lock landing….. occupied.
In the lock it crossed my mind that maybe they’d opened the gate, so they didn’t get disturbed….
We pulled in just above the lock. It’s a pleasant spot here, and there’s some good walks around and about. We’ll stay here a couple of days, but tomorrow we’ve guests for lunch. With seven of us and two dogs it’ll be anything but quiet!
Locks 4, miles 6