It was before lunch though, that we headed into Shardlow.
Unusual solution to the problem of a leaky wooden hull – stick it inside a steel one!
The Clock Warehouse
As we headed through the town we passed a Canaltime boat getting ready to leave, so I gave them a shout and told them we'd wait for them at Shardlow Lock.
The arrangement suited both crews; it’s easier working through these broad locks with two boats, and the Canaltime crew were first timers, so sharing with experienced people helped them out too.
Sharing Aston Lock with Real Ale No 83
Where do they get those names???
We steadily worked our way up the Trent valley to Swarkestone, were we stopped for the night while Nick and family pushed on, now considerably more confident.
The canal is squeezed between the river and a ridge at Cliff Wood
Ready to press on towards Willington after going up Swarkestone Lock solo.
Have a good trip, folks.
Moored below Swarkestone Lock
The Derby Canal used to join just above the lock but it was closed in 1964 and now only a short stub remains in water, used by the local boat club.
Plans are afoot to restore this canal, although the junction will be moved to below Swarkestone Lock. This has the double advantage of preserving the moorings and utilising an existing culvert under the A50.
If this canal does eventually reopen, it’ll be part of a 25 mile cruising ring, with a branch to Derby. That’ll be good. It will benefit the underused Erewash Canal.
Locks 3, miles 6½