Our first trip out from Anderton was in Febuary, just myself and dad.
We set out on the Trent and Mersey then Bridgewater Canal towards Manchester, past the lift, through Barnton and Preston Brook tunnels destination Lymm. We had terrible weather that week and spent a few days moored up sheltering from the rain.
|Gloomy Bridgewater Canal near Walton Hall.|
|Dutton Stop Lock.|
|Head of the queue at Preston Brook Tunnel.|
|Stop plank crane near Daresbury.|
|Gloomy mmoring at Acton Bridge.|
Our next trip out was later in the year, in much warmer weather. We left Anderton, through Marbury Park, through the Brunner Mond brine works towards Middlewich. At Middlewich we took the Wardle branch, leading into the Shropshire Union Canal Middlewich Branch, then right at Barbridge Junction, down the Shropshire Union to Chester and then to Ellesmere Port Boat museum.
A few pictures of the trip follow.
|Passing Marbury Country Park.|
|Brunner Mond Works.|
|Gill taking the turn at Middlewich Locks.|
|Centurion at Middlewich.|
|Near Church Minshull.|
|Bunbury Staircase Locks.|
|Peacock at Chemistry Lock, Chester.|
|Tower Wharf, Chester|
|Centurion at Ellesmere Port.|
We spent over a day at the boat museum, met Gills mum and dad for the trip round the museum, had a good look around, saw much shipping on the Manchester Ship Canal and also took in a trip to Port Sunlight village. We then headed back to Anderton.
|Coastal Tanker on Manchester Ship Canal.|
|Northgate Cutting, Chester.|
|Whilst at Chester I spotted some of the Marshall's Buses I helped to design,|
a low Floor Dennis Dart on the left and a Mercedes Sprinter on the right.
|Golden Nook Moorings, Hargrave.|
|Near Beeston Castle.|
|Weaver Locks viewed from near Barnton Tunnel.|
We had time to spare so carried on to moor after Barnton Tunnel before returning to Anderton.
Good time with good weather.
Next 2005 retrospective post will be on the Shroppie.