April 15th 2012 Three Tunnels Today

An early start for us today. We pulled the pins around 8am and our first lock of the day was only a few hundred yards away.  We were soon through and heading north as we hoped to make Anderton for lunch. It was very quiet, we encounted our first boat on the move around 09:30 and it was The Mikron Theatre company’s boat, Marsden. We made Anderton at lunch time and had a walk to the Anderton boat lift. This is a huge lift that carries boats from the Trent and Mersey canal to the River Weaver below. After the visit we were off again and it wasn’t long before we came to the first tunnel of the day- the Barnton tunnel.  Just before the tunnel we came to  really awkward turn and hey presto we met a boat on the blind bend but we managed to avoid each other.  Once through the first tunnel, the second tunnel came into view- the Saltersford tunnel. A few miles on and the third tunnel the Preston Brooke was succesfully navigated. Once through we had moved onto the Bridgewater canal. We have moored in Preston Brooke not such a peaceful mooring as we are near the bridge that carries the M56!!!!!!

Today 17 miles   2 locks  3 tunnels

Two boats going into the Anderton boat lift

The Anderton Boat Lift

The End of the tunnel is in sight

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