Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wheelock to Anderton

Miles 16.2 locks 9 days 2
No signal last night we were moored out in the country by bridge 176 on the Trent and Mersey canal below Midlewich. Middlewich must be the only town in the country that doesn't have any phone shops. I suppose I should have guessed as we went looking for a charger for M's Mobile. We stayed until about 5pm and headed out into the country. North of Middlewich there are several "Flashes" created by subsidence from the extraction of salt. In the past they have been a place for people including BW to abandon boats they no longer have a use for. Most of the historic hulks were recovered many years ago but some still sit on the bottom slowly rotting away. The one pictured below is on Croxton Flash close to the Dane Aqueduct but from its shape and construction it looks like a private lifeboat convertion rather than an ex working boat. Today we passed the two flashes at Rudheath the southern one first

and the northern one that I think has outline planning permission for development as a marina. I am never sure about this wreck it has square bows and stern and almost looks like it was put there to remember the many wrecks that once inhabited this flash.
And on to Anderton were we arrive in the sunshine went into Northwich by bus and had a pleasant stroll along the towpath from Barnton tunnel mouth back to the boat to sitting in the boat typing this Blog and it has been raining for the past half hour.

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