Sometimes one can moor up without realising what is on your doorstep. Such was the case last night. Glancing out of the galley window this morning, doing the washing up and daydreaming as is my norm, in the distance a ruin. Well, suddenly the daydreaming and washing the pots were put aside and with Ian within hailing distance (in the loo) I told him to hurry up as there was some exploration to do.
|View through the hedge.|
And this is what the church may have looked like around 1900
|Looking to FS from the ruin.|
Oh dear! Ian looked at C&RT stoppages and noticed that Bagnall Lock balance beam has failed. On the T&M and the route, we would take to get back.
Notice AlertTrent & Mersey Canal
Starts At: Lock 13, Bagnall Lock
Ends At: Lock 13, Bagnall Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: at the junction of the T & M and Coventry Canal
Down Stream Winding Hole: below Bagnall Lock
Wednesday 4 October 2017 16:45 until further notice
Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Structure failure
Original message:Due to the balance beam failing the canal has had to be closed pending investigation by our Engineers, an update will be posted as soon as we know anything more.
So not only can we not get back to Langley Mill via Leicester and the Soar because of low water problems, seems we may be unable to get back at all!!! If it's anything like Hillmorton middle lock which has been out of action for months with a balance beam failure, Bagnall could be out all winter!
My wildlife pics seems to be all about Cygnets. They are all getting to an age where the wings need stretching and flight to be tried.