Monday, 7 September 2009

Through Cheddleton to Consall Forge

Hazlehurst locks were as delightful as they looked, and not even the horrible hydraulic paddles could spoil the experience of descending them. The highlight was that the bottom lock has go a working side pond. Even though both the lock and the side pond were already full a small amount of the water could be drained into the side pond even if it did go straight over the overflow. Hopefully I’ll be able to use it properly when I get back there.

PICT0057 After descending the locks I was soon passing under the aqueduct, roughly an hour after I had set off 26’ higher. It really is a beautiful canal and it didn’t matter that the lack of depth means that you have to travel pretty slowly. Stopped for lunch at Cheddleton, and again found a lovely spot on this canal. The flint mill buildings and Bridge House are a wonderful sight.

DSCN1825 DSCN1821 Carried on after lunch, but I intend stopping at the flint mill on the way back to visit it properly. Dropped down onto the river which is well in the green on the gauge at the lock. With very little flow it seems little different from the canal above, just a little more winding. The depth was noticeable as the boat felt much happier than on the shallow canal. I couldn’t pass Consall Forge without stopping so moored up for the day. Took Lyra for a walk down to the station to get the obligatory picture of the waiting room. I also had to drop in to the Black Lion for a pint.

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