Acton Bridge to Bramble Cutting, near Middlewich, Trent & Mersey Canal: 13 miles, 0 locks, 2 tunnels.
Lovely walking around here, as long as you keep away from the very busy main road which crosses the Weaver at Acton Bridge, so with the dog well exercised we set off early and timed our arrival at Saltersford tunnel so we didn’t have to stop at all. Barnton tunnel follows within a few minutes and we got straight through without a delay and were soon mooring up at Anderton where the BW workboat Taygeta followed me in while a couple of others were waiting their turn to go down the Boat Lift.
It was an absolutely gorgeous morning, spoilt slightly by a very strong and gusty wind. Taking a picture of the wind isn’t easy but this picture of a boat pointing 90 degrees to the intended direction of travel due to the wind was fairly straightforward. It really was windy too!
After Anderton we had a rendezvous: I was delighted to find that the curtains which I had ordered on the way north were ready to collect – Kathys Curtains is a regular seller on Ebay and she has already provided me with some first class curtains for Zulu, but I needed a bigger set for the bedroom. They were made to order within the week, and all ready for collection from her boat which just so happened to be in the area.
The Trent and Mersey in this area is a great mixture of industry and remote countryside and it was another very pleasant day’s boating from Anderton down to Bramble Cutting, a remote offside mooring which can only be accessed by boat, complete with picnic tables and a sturdy metal stand for disposable barbecues. A very nice place to spend the evening.