6th March 2019
We left our mooring at Tyrley top lock where we had moored for a couple of days. We stopped here because of the torrential rain which started just as we arrived at the top lock. There are some attractive cottages at the top of the lock. The following day we walked back to Market Drayton to pick up the car and picked up some shopping while doing so. The next day we drove the car to Goldstone Bridge by the Wharf Tavern Pub and walked back to Tyrley Top Lock. So it wasn’t until 6th March that we left the top lock and cruised through Woodseaves Cutting to Goldstone Bridge.
Woodseaves cutting is about 2.7km long and in places up to 21.3 m deep. It has steep sides which are almost vertical in places. In the deepest part the canal narrows to about half of its normal width, thought to be to economise on excavation work, and passing another narrowboat along this section can be difficult. So glad that nothing came the other way!!
Hollings Bridge and High Bridge are two very distinctive bridges that tower over the cut, that appear to lead you into another world as trees and vegetation hang precariously to the steep rocky sides. The tow path here is always wet and muddy, and there are frequent landslides in this section.
The day started of bright and sunny and we took the car down to Shebdon and walked back to Goldstone Bridge where we had moored for a couple of days opposite The Wharf Tavern. In the afternoon we cruised for about 1.5 hours down to Shebden Aquaduct. But the wind had picked up and was biting cold so by the time we got there we were pretty cold. The stunning views however made up for it and we soon moored up by the aqueduct, unaware that Storm Gareth was on its way!!