Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Summer Cruise 2017 ❻

Summer Cruise 2017 (6)

Subtitled: "The Magnificent Five go to Liverpool" As Nb Kalkara, Nb Alchemy, Nb My little Nightmare, Nb SWJKSDL and Nb Rose of Arden team up to enjoy a summer cruise along the inland waterways.
Stanthorne Bridge to Morts Bridge (182)

Date:  26/07/2017

Overnight the weather was light rain. By morning the showers were getting to be much heavier and so we delayed our departure until 11am.

Morning:  Late start waiting for the rain to stop. Soon into the first lock of the day at Wardle Lock The Wardle canal is the shortest canal in the UK at 154 feet or 47 mtrs.

Many boaters will remember Maureen Shaw, a boat woman who was well known to passing boaters as well as the local and canal community Maureen lived in the Lock Cottage at Wardle lock for many years, with the result that it was often referred to as ‘Maureen’s Lock’. Following her death in 2012, a memorial panel was placed at the lock in her honour.

Afternoon:  We then turned onto the Trent and Mersey canal. Just in time to watch a boat clip the next bridge with the Pram Cover (expensive!) The usual queue formed at the Middlewich Three. Then onto the Middlewich big lock where the boats locked down in pairs.

Evening:  Moored up for the night at Bridge 182 on the Trent and Mersey canal. Where we celebrated the birthday of one of the crew (Gill Reynolds)

Birds: House Sparrow, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Grey Lag Goose, Canadian Goose, Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon, Herring Gull, Greater Black Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Swallow, House Martin and Pheasant.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown, Common White and Small White.

Bats: Pipistrelle, Daubentons,

Damselfly: Common Blue Damselfly,

Dragonflies: Ruddy Darter, Emperor.

Today's Total:

Miles: 6.4
Locks: 5
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 6.3

Accumulated Total:
Miles: 2808.4
Locks: 1804
Swing / Lift Bridges: 362
Tunnels: 68
Pump Outs: 27
Engine Hours: 3842.1

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