7th December 2019
We reluctantly leave our mooring at the former Dutton Breach site and head south east along the Trent and Mersey Canal. As the canal runs parallel to the River Weaver on a 60ft bank, at times we are rewarded with fine views over the valley. Watch out for the Dutton Railway viaduct which takes the West coast Main Line over the River Weaver, completed in 1836 in red sandstone at a cost of £54,440, it has 20 arches.
We soon encounter the narrow and crooked Saltersford Tunnel at 424 yards long its impossible to see if another boat has entered the other end until you are in the tunnel, followed shortly after by Barnton Tunnel at 572 yards. Beyond the tunnels is the magnificent Anderson Boat Lift followed Marbury Country Park. We moor near the Lion Salt Works designated as a world heritage site is one of the last open pan salt works in the world, closed in 1986 and now preserved as a museum but sadly closed at this time of year.
Following on from this vlog.
We continued our journey heading south on the Trent and Mersey Canal, we moored at Northwich for a few days where I managed to get some Christmas shopping in before our trip to Kent. On the 13th December we made our way to Park Farm Marina where we had intended to leave Dunworkin while we went back to Kent.
We travelled by train back to Kent on 16th December, returned on 27th December and left the marina on 29th December.
3rd December 2019
The Bridgewater Canal was opened all the way to Runcorn in 1776 with locks down onto the tidal river Mersey Estuary. Here we turn around and make our way back towards Preston Brook Tunnel. The 1239 yard tunnel, is where the Bridgewater Canal ends and the Trent and Mersey begins. At Dutton stop lock, the waters of the Trent and Mersey canal are just a few inches higher than that of the Bridgewater Canal. This is reported to be one of the first stop locks in the country, and formed to protect the older canal from losing water to the newer canal. We moor up soon after at Dutton Hollow the site of a canal side breach in 2012.