Friday, 17 March 2017

Northwich Friday 17 March 2017

Last night dinner was taken in The Big Lock pub, they do a first class meat pie.
This morning after a visit from the local ducks feeding on the weed growing round the water line. It was before 9am when we pulled away just as another boat was also approaching the lock so were able to share. The swans have started nesting on the pond a short way below the lock, so its all started happening, but today didn’t feel very spring like with continuous drizzle until half two and then real rain. We made a brief stop at the services at Anderton to fill with water where the boat we shared Big Lock with passed us, they were also heading to Anderton Lift but not going down until tomorrow.
Our booking for the lift was 1515hrs and you need to be there half an hour before. We moored just before the visitor centre and had lunch moving on to the lift holding area at half two. I nepped down and told the lady in the office we had arrived and not long later there was a knock on the boat with our safety talk and we were into the lock. We were actually at the bottom of the lock by 3-15 but it took another quarter of an hour to get the bottom gate open. It was quite windy as we entered the top of the lift but the wind died away before we descended. On leaving the lift we turned hard left and moored for the night in the still poring rain in Northwich. I am not sure how we will get on cruising the Weaver as it appears from the information that lock keepers don't work weekends until Easter.

Today's Journey
11 miles, 1 lock, 1 lift 1 canal and 1 river in 4hrs 20 min

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