Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday 10 August 2012

Dover Lock to Dunham Massey
Miles21.5, Locks 0 Lift Bridges 1
An early start today to get to Plank Lane Lift Bridge before "Rush Hour" starts at 8 am. Then a short stop in Leigh for groceries and then on into the heat of the day and the long booring runs to Worsley through Trafford Park and Sale. We were amazed that as we were going over the Barton swing bridge we met two boats coming in the opposite direction. There is still not a good enough connection for pictures but they will come.
Yesterday Thursday 9 August 2012
Duttons Farm to Dover Lock
Miles 12.7 Locks 8 Swing Bridges 2
We have come through Wigan today and are on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. We spent the day travelling behind a couple from Wales who had been on the Lancaster Canal for 2 months. The lady was working the locks with the "Help" of her 2 young grandchildren so wre very slow . We met up with them at each lock and helped them through..

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Wednesday 8 August 2011

Melling to Burscough
Miles 14.5, Swing bridges 8
We stayed at bridge 10 near Melling last night and set off early to do the 12 miles to Bridge 31 before noon when the CaRT (BW) staff operating the lock, because of a control panel failure, went off for he afternoon. We made that and stopped briefly in Burscough to visit the shops and have lunch. After we went on to moor opposite Duttons farm near Bridge 35. M and B went to look at the reconstruction of a neolithic hut in the field opposite. They came back full of praises for the site which is the work of the owner after the discovery of several sites in the field where there was evidence that huts had been built there.
Liverpool to Melling
Miles 12.2 Locks 6 Swing bridges 3
A Rainy day for our departure hence no pictures. Apart from the weather the trip went well and we once again had the fun of navigating the deep docks as we made our way to Stanley dock locks. Once on the Leeds and  Liverpool canal we had a problem with plastic bags on the prop and one got on so badly that
we had to stop and go down the weed hatch to get it off.
I will try and get some photos of the Liverpool visit ready for tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Wednesday August 1 2012

Litherland to Salthouse Dock Liverpool
Miles 6.2 Locks 6
6 Pictures today of our arrival in Liverpool
Approaching Princes Dock Lock with the Liver Building in the background
 Waiting at Canning Dock Lock. There was some traffic on and off the River Mersey meaning we had about an hour wait to pass into Canning Dock
 Moving into Canning Half Tide Dock. On the left are the buildings of the Albert Dock.
 Passing through Albert Dock with one of the DUKW vehicles, in the far distance, full of tourists.
 Another DUKW passing our mooring in Salthouse Dock
 The moorings in Salthouse Dock
I will post some pictures of our passage from the Leeds & Liverpool canal to Princes Dock Lock tomorrow.

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