Wednesday, 24 August 2011


This morning was lovely and sunny again. The Trent and Mersey Canal has decidedly mixed scenery. One minute we were passing through beautiful farmland with wide flashes (small shallow lakes formed following mining subsidence)

and the next we were going through the centre of the Brunner Mond alkali plant. The air is so corrosive here that all the pipes and other metal works are rusting away.

You can see from the state of the bolts on this relatively new fence how bad it is.

After stopping for lunch at Marston and then rubbish and water at the service point, we moored just past Anderton Boat Lift, outside the Stanley Arms pub. It had started raining by then but it didn't last long.

It’s a good deep mooring with no banging against the shelf when boats go past and there are wild hops growing in the bushes beside the boat.

As we’re using their moorings, we thought it only polite to book a table for dinner  tonight. Also, we’ve since found out it’s quiz night so we’ll probably stay and have a few pints as well. It’s a hard life, but someone’s got to do it!

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