Saturday 12 August 2017

Summer Cruise 2017 ❶❽

Summer Cruise 2017 (18)

Now Subtitled: "The Magnificent Two go to Liverpool" Nb Rose of Arden team up with various boats to enjoy a summer cruise along the inland waterways.

Nannys Bridge 8 to Plardiwick Bridge No 36

Date:  12/08/2017

Overnight the weather was cold and overcast - it was the same in the morning.

Morning:  pulled the pins at 8:00 and headed off down the
Shropshire Union Canal (Middlewich Branch). To the first two locks. Not much on the move, so quickly passed through. Fun and games at the entrance of the Llangollen Canal and Shropshire Union Main Line. Hire boats and boat owners at loggerheads about who was next in the lock. So we were at the Junction of the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal - Main Line and the Chester Canal.

Audlem flight of 16 locks there was little moving on the flight and the first six locks were in our favour. Next it was Market Drayton and the Adderley Locks before cruising on to the Tyrley Locks.  

Evening:  We had never done much night cruising - and then only by accident.  However, we followed a boat that was proceeding at tickover and refusing to move out of the way for about an hour and a half. When the boat paused to ask another boater some question - we squeezed by. So we now pushed on in the gathering gloom to Norbury Wharf stopping later at Plardiwick Bridge for the night.

Wildlife:  Grey Squirrel.

Birds: House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Starling, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Robin, Long Tailed Tit, Coot, Moorhen, Cormorant, Canadian Goose, Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Kestrel, Buzzard, Greater Black Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Swallow, House Martin, Swift and Pheasant.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown, Small White Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral.

Bats: Pipistrelle, Daubentons,

Dragonflies: Ruddy Darter, Four Spot Chaser.

Today's Total:

Miles: 31.7
Locks: 29
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 14.5

Accumulated Total:
Miles: 2991.6
Locks: 1862
Swing / Lift Bridges: 402
Tunnels: 77
Pump Outs: 27
Engine Hours: 3942.3

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