Our couple of nights out in the sticks spent, we returned through the two tunnels to Anderton today.
It was cool and dull this morning, and, unlike the last two days, didn’t improve much later.
Heading towards Saltersford Tunnel, looking back at Bridge 204
Just before the tunnel we spotted this chap checking out the opportunities for lunch…
Steerers-eye view in Saltersford Tunnel
Barnton Tunnel, next, is no easier to get into from this end – you still have to swing wide to the right to get a look through….
Barnton Tunnel, north end
Then after the tunnel there’s the same problem at Barnton Bridge!
Another blind entry!
Beyond the bridge the canal is carried in a concrete-edged channel, cut into the steep slope rising from the river below. The slope above looks a little unstable in places…
Precarious shed. I wonder if it’ll float…
We pulled in just after the lift for the night. We’ll be around the area for the weekend, I’ve a car organised from Enterprise in Northwich for my run in Liverpool on Sunday.
A few weeks ago I was at a loose end so knocked up a small stool out of some offcuts. I decided I’d try my hand at decorating it with traditional “roses”. So today I set to, and this is the result….
On the door panels in the background are “proper” ones for comparison. I don’t think they’re that bad, are they? A coat of varnish to protect the design and a cover on the top will finish it off.
British Waterways have been reviewing the water supply situation, and have come
up with a series of lock use restrictions. These are in place on the Grand Union
flights at Buckby, Braunston, Stoke Bruerne and Calcutt. The Leicester Section
is worse affected, both Watford and Foxton are restricted, and the locks south
of Leicester heading to Kilby Bridge will only be open over the Easter
period. The South Oxford is also affected.
For opening times and up to
date info go to http://www.waterscape.com/things-to-do/boating/stoppages .
It looks like any cruising plans for the south and east will be compromised.
The Northampton Arm will be completely closed after Easter, apart from on
specific weekends. This is our route to the River Nene and the Fens. Could be
Locks 0, miles 3½