|Once many basic cottages, now just one luxury house.|
We regained the Caldon Branch at Hazlehurst Junction, and after a while were tackling our first locks. I really like this canal, and am very pleased we decided to squeeze it into this trip.
|Entertaining Charlie at the unusually named Planet Lock.|
|The boat ahead enters the tunnel - 2 minute gaps are used.|
I have to say this is where my frustration kicks in! British Waterways publish the following.....
The Tunnel will open for passage daily 8.00am - 6.00pm. To be guaranteed a passage, craft must arrive by 4.00pm.
Last craft in the Tunnel at 5.15pm IF the Tunnel is free both ways.
Any enquiries of Tunnel 5.15pm availability please call 01782 785703 in office hours.
|After Froghall Tunnel, Harecastle seems enormous!|
|The boat ahead nears the Northern end.|
|We emerge - Brindley's original abandoned bore on the right.|
|Many of the locks on this stretch are still twinned.|
|One of David's sunset images.|
I think we moored after three locks, at a quite delightful spot. We were later treated to a phenomenal sunset, and we sat there thinking just how much we enjoy boating when a day ends so spectacularly.
Leek (Leek Branch) to Red Bull (Trent and Mersey)
Miles: 19.0, Locks: 14
Total Miles: 188.1, Total Locks: 117