I hope this extra long blog doesn’t bore you too much. We’ve had a fantastic day despite the weather and I took loads of photos, hopefully these will give you an idea of our experience.
The 2 guys from B.W. met us at 9.30 this morning. Another 6 boats had arrived behind us so we were a convoy of 9 heading for Liverpool.
|ready for the off - we're no. 3|
|6 more behind|
There was plenty to see canal-side; lots of horrid graffiti but some good, official stuff too, several bee hives and a little tank.
It was quite industrial in places but let’s face it, that’s what canals were originally built for. Some of the bridges and architecture were lovely and everyone we passed on the towpath was friendly; even the drug dealers under one of the bridges let on to us with a wave (no, not 2 fingered) and a smile.
|the old Tobacco Warehouse behind the lock flight|
The 2 B.W. guys were really good, friendly & eager to help with the locks. They met us and operated all of the swing bridges and then caught up with us again at the top of the first 4 locks. We had to wait for them as the locks are padlocked and they had the special key.
We paired up with a lovely couple in the narrow boat ‘Alexis’ and the 2 of us led the convoy down the locks and then through the docks and into the city. The wind was extremely strong and gusty which made the passage across the large open waters exhilarating to say the least!
|paired up with 'Alexis' (rain drops on the camera lens)|
|Tobacco Warehouse on left|
|heading for the Liver Building|
|then under the next tunnel at the Museum of Liverpool|
|waiting in the lock for B.W. with the convoy behind|
|past the ex-lighthouse boat now a floating bar|
|past one of the tall ships, here for the festival|
|into Albert Dock|
|then into Salthouse Dock|
|our mooring for the next 10 days|