Last night we ate in The Stanley Arms, well we were on their private mooring. I must say their pies are good with thick cut chips and not just 6 of them. Their home made Lasagne was stuffed full of meat and was also a good size portion.
This morning I set off just after 0900 hrs backwards towards the Anderton lift, needles to say just as I got to the bridge a boat came the other way. There were two boats waiting on the moorings to go down, I assumed on the 1000 hr run, but only one went into the lift, the other one was going down with us at 1045 hrs and the other 1000 hr one didn't show up so a space wasted.
We were soon on our way down, there was no one coming up in the other caisson, both seemed to be working fine now. At the bottom we turned right, down stream. The old Soda works is still being cleared away with buildings further back being demolished now.
I spotted this what I assume to be a mile post on the bank, I don't know if they date back to the navigation or were put in for the Weaver Way walk.
The navigation had concrete signs to warn boaters when they were 200 yards from a bridge or lock. This one is downstream of the removed Pickerings Bridge at Pickerings Cut. The one upstream is in much better condition.
I rang the lock keeper at Saltersford Lock and he said the lock was ready but he may be a few minutes before he got there to open the gates. He was walking over as we arrived and when we left he rang Dutton lock to tell them we were on our way. As we passed Acton swing bridge a cruiser pulled out and followed us through Dutton Lock.
We stopped for lunch at Devil's Garden before continuing to the end of the river where the Runcorn canal use to come in.
There was a boat ahead of us who was hoping to go into the end basin, but this is no longer possible as its now an Eddy Stobard base, he nearly did go in as his engine stalled when he went into reverse while approaching the low bridge that shuts off the end.
We made our way back under the M56 where just beside the river WS Transport had a tent big enough to work on 7 lorries complete with trailers. Just ahead of us was the railway bridge and beyond that Sutton Swing bridge.
We carried on a little further mooring in the mouth of the weir stream on the non path side. We have the bows quite close to the bank and the stern a little further out. Since we have been here the local rowing club and canoe club have been by in force.