Set the aperture to minimum, that’ll be f8, then. Set the speed to the fastest possible, 1/3200. ISO 100. OK. Two tinted lens stuck together in front of the lens. Here we go…
Got some interesting cloudscapes… 08:14
I like this one with the jib of the wharf crane in the picture. No sign of the eclipse, though. And it’s started, 09:15
No idea what happened here! – 09:17
It was also visible as a reflection in the canal. A bit more interesting, too.
A bit of a waste of time, really. I did get one good one, however…
Off the TV coverage, taken from a plane above the Faroe Islands!
Back down to earth, then. Having filled with water and disposed of the rubbish we took advantage of the empty lock left by a boat coming down. While the lock was filling this heavy load crossed the A34 bridge below.
Four tractor units and two multi-axle bogeys supporting the sledge carrying what looks like a huge transformer. ALE Heavy Lift.
There was a long queue of rather frustrated motorists behind…
We got good use out of Lock 42, a boat in each chamber going in opposite directions
In the background the branch to the Macclesfield Canal heads over Poole Aqueduct.
Lock 41 is the last on the climb on the western side of the summit. We couldn’t use our normal technique of leaning on the cill while the lock was filling, those ridges prevent the fender from sliding up.
The chimney is down ready for Harecastle tunnel.
Hardings Wood Junction, the 1 mile branch heads back and over the main line to meet the Macclesfield Canal at Hall Green.
There was no one waiting when we arrived at the tunnel, and we were waved straight in after a short safety briefing. Following the death of a boater last year there is now a recommendation for the steerer to wear a life-jacket.
It’s likely that Mr Holgate banged his head on one of the lower sections near the middle of the 2926 yard long bore.
You do have to keep your head down…
…but the changes in profile are well marked.
Red-stained flowstone in one of the wetter sections.
We had a good run through, 37 minutes daylight to daylight.
Out into the sunshine again, looking back at the fan house which draws fresh air through the tunnel. It was built without air shafts.
We didn’t have much further to go, a mile saw us pulling up alongside Westport Lake.
Westport Lake moorings
There were a couple of boats here when we arrived, and another two moored up soon after us. But it’s not exactly busy.
We’ll move on to Etruria tomorrow.
Hi Jennifer, Peter. I'm doing the job myself, hiring a dry dock at Canal Cruising in Stone for a long weekend, Friday am to Monday am. When are you due over? There's a good chance we'll meet up somewhere.
Locks 3, miles 3¾