Sunday, 6 June 2021

Lymm to Acton Bridge

Saturday June 5 on to the Trent & Mersey Canal (14 miles, 1 lock, 1 tunnel)

 Another gorgeous sunny morning saw us leave Lymm quietly,  under the noisy M6 and through Grappenhall, Stockton Heath, the Waltons and finally Moore, where that canalside store is still in business, now near the ubiquitous new canalside housing development.

Our journey was made more pleasant by the number of house gardens lovingly  tilled, terraced, summer housed and wharfed. In between the towns, yellow Irises and Buttercup meadows plus woodland are there to enjoy.

Midland Chandlers have a branch at the junction with the Runcorn Arm, by the M56 bridge.

Lots of people were out walking, cycling and on sport fields this fine Sunday morning.

Preston Brook Tunnel allows boats going Southwards to enter on the half hour (Northwards on the hour) for ten minutes. This old 1239 yard tunnel is too narrow for two way travel, and a bit twisty. Dutton Dry Dock was in use and busy. We followed two boats through this and the Dutton Stop Lock, which is wide, but not enough for two narrowboats! 

Today we saw loads of boats, moored and moving, with plenty of hire boats from Canaltime, ABC and Black Prince at Acton Bridge, beyond which we moored in the country, overlooking the scenic Weaver valley.

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