Anderton is not having a good time of it at present 'cos not only is the pump at the facilities not working (C&RT have no idea when it will be repaired) but Anderton Lift is now also kaput as a pump is needed for both caissons to be operational. Those boaters awaiting passage up yesterday are now stuck on the Weaver for a while. Mind you, with this week of good weather, what a lovely river to be stuck on.
We left Northwich around 9ish knowing the lock keeper at Hunts lock would be on by 9am. Safely on the landing we were met by Bob, one of the lockies, who told us about the lift not working. "You don't want to go back up today do you?" says he. After we told him we were the last boat down on Tuesday he said "Ahhh. It was YOU who broke the lift then"! I'm hoping he was joking!!!
Amendment. The lift went back in action at 11am so at least this one is now fixed. As for the facilities....no chance at the moment.
|Bob coming to meet us|
|Old style lock ladders|
Strange to see railway signals on the lock approach. With two locks side by side it was a way to direct the larger ships in days gone by as to which lock they needed to enter. No traffic light system in those days.
Only one more lock to do, Vale Royal. The lock keeper suggested decent moorings at Vale Royal moorings. He advised us not to stay the night in Winsford. Could get very noisy with the clubs nearby and sometimes the revellers can get a bit out of hand.
|Left toward the large lock and right for the smaller one|
|See the yellow bollards. Keep just left of these for the small lock|
Then it was the run to Winsford passing the Union salt woks and the mountains of rock salt used on the roads. We came to a swing bridge which wasn't mentioned in the pamphlet and for a moment wandered if we should operate it. Ian judged that FS would fit under so long as the chimney and aerial were removed. River is running at normal levels at the moment but any higher and the bridge would have had to be operated.
|Colours of the rock salt.|
|Winsford Flash and the end of the line for us.|
|Moorings in Winsford. Looked lovely but a Nightclub is nearby and could get a bit noisy.|
After the meal and bottle of wine drunk by us both we pulled pins and weaved (literally) our way down the Weaver. That wine went straight to our heads and was quite thankful that within 30 minutes got us to the lovely mooring spot right in the sun. Hear we settled down with copious amounts of coffee to sober up and enjoyed the tranquillity. Solar panels were deployed and did the biz beautifully. No more engine running needed tonight.
And the wildlife,
|Not a happy Swan. No Goose allowed on his patch!|
|First of the Gosling's this year.|
|Cormorant fishing the river. Doesn't it know it's closed season!!!|