It was windy and wet most of the day, so we didn’t venture far from the boat. Today started OK, but the fresh wind kept bringing bands of showers over. One minute rain, sleet or snow, the next sunshine.
We’d arranged to go down Frankton Locks today, so had to move otherwise we probably wouldn’t have bothered. The locks give access to the Montgomery Canal, and are controlled by C&RT. Only so many boats at a time are allowed on the canal, due to it’s status as a SSSI.
Heading towards Frankton
These guys weren’t all that impressed with the weather either!
We arrived at the top of Frankton Locks after around 40 minutes. Time for a brew before the waterways men arrived.
In 1936 a breech occurred not far below the locks, and the then owners, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, chose to ignore their obligation to maintain the navigation and refused to repair it. In 1944 they successfully applied for an Act of Parliament to abandon the canal, on the grounds that it had not been used for several years!
Fast forward 40 years, and an effective campaign by the Montgomery Waterways Restoration Trust, the Inland Waterways Association, Shropshire Union Canal Society and lots of graft by the Waterways Recovery Group saw the locks reopened, followed by the 7 mile section to Gronwen Wharf.
At around 11:45 our two C&RT chaperones arrived, and we were ushered into the top of the double staircase locks. Mags was pleased, with two in attendance at the lockside I looked after the tiller and she could stay inside.
In the top lock
Below the staircase an abandoned dry-dock on the offside has become a garden feature, complete with model railway running around it’s perimeter.
Bottom lock of the four, and it’s snowing again.
We’d already decided not to go much further, so pulled in to the end of the truncated Weston Arm, joining the two boats already there.
Snow showers and sunny spells have been and gone this afternoon. We’ll probably head off to Queen’s Head if the weather is half decent tomorrow.
Hi Andy. Yes, she was definitely an ex-Challenger boat, but I didn't get the name. Well spotted!
Locks 4, miles 2