After several months of just seeing the odd boat chugging past, this afternoon has seen a convoy of hire boats heading upstream from Whitchurch Marina to points west. Of course, it’s the first stage of lockdown easing today, and self catering accommodation is now allowed. Boats fit into that category.
There’ll be an large increase in traffic now I expect, as private leisure craft owners can now also have extended trips.
After a couple of nights on the mooring rings near Roundthorn Farm, during which we had a Tesco delivery (the first for ages!) and Amber and I had some splendid walks around Whixall and Fens Mosses, we cruised up to Tilstock Park today, turned around and returned to moor near Prees Junction.
It’s been a mixed bag of weather, a cold wind with snow and sleet showers, but with spells of warm sunshine too.
On the long straight across the moss last Friday.
A better day today as we left the moorings.
Morris Lift Bridge
Eighty-five turns of the windlass to raise it!
We were lucky to have this done for us by a boat coming the other way on Friday, but weren’t so lucky today.
With boats now allowed to move there’s been a steady stream passing westward towards Wales, mostly hirers, and a few going the other way. Those heading towards the Main Line are going to have their plans thwarted though…
Location: Between Bridge 3 and Bridge 4, Hurleston, Llangollen Canal
Starts At: Bridge 3, Martins Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 4, Lees Bridge
Up Stream Winding Hole: Stoneley Green Winding Hole, close to Bridge 10, Stoneley Green Bridge
Down Stream Winding Hole: Hurleston Junction
Monday 12 April 2021 13:00 until further notice
Type: Navigation Closure
Please be advised navigation is closed between Bridge 3, Martins Bridge and Bridge 4, Lees Bridge on the Llangollen Canal due an issue with a culvert.
Stop planks are being installed and we will be dewatering this section of canal to enable our teams to complete the necessary investigations.
An update will be provided Friday 16 April.
You can view this notice and its map online here:
Just as lockdown eases and folk can get out and about the most popular cruising route on the network is closed. Typical.
Locks 0, miles 7½