A little bit of heavy wind overnight kept me awake for awhile but it eventually died down. So after a full breakfast we set off towards Preston Brook, at the winding hole before Dutton Lock, we intended to wind, however there was a loose Historic Boat drfiting about just before the covered dry dock. It was the Thomas Clayton Tar Boat Spey, a boat had just entered the lock so they made no effort to tie it up, I pushed it over to the bank, winded, then pulled alongside and found the pulled out pins to hammer back in then tied it up, there did not seem to be anyone about in the drydock where there where a few more Historic boats.
|All tied up again.|
|Manchester Ship Canal Company Butty.|
|Near Saltersford Tunnel, note the bridges here are built with a flat deck, this|
is so that if the land subsides due to the saltworkings the deck can be easily
raised with extra brickwork.
|Waiting for the timed entry to the tunnel, entry from on the half hour to 10 minutes|
before the hour.
|Leaving the very crooked Saltersford tunnel, so crooked you cannot see the|
light at the end of the tunnel.
We found it very interesting, a good reminder of the brine pumping and salt making that used to go on in this area. The staff where fairly clued up on the history, we had to assess them and the museum with scoring to complete after the guided tour. There was plenty of information on offer, old photos, interactive exhibits, old salt pans, and relics of the industry to view. I don't believe there is an entrance fee, it is well worth a visit if passing this way.
|Salt Raking Pan.|
|Seddon Salt Railway Van.|
|Original Brine Pumping Donkey Engine.|
|Billinge Green Flashes|
|Lovely House near Whatcroft Hall.|
|Even got a Kingfisher on camera.|
|Nights Mooring near the Claypits.|
|Crofton Flash - The flashes in this area are caused by subsidence of the old salt workings.|