26 miles, 1 stop lock, 3 tunnels. The weather started off fine, so we set off early. It stayed ok for most of the day, but then started raining in the afternoon. We have been boating for about a month and so far it has rained every day. A stop for lunch at the entrance

Watch House Cruising Club

A long day today, 24 miles and 7 locks. We need to be home on Thursday as we have some furniture being delivered, so we decided to push on. Also we didn’t want to stop overnight in Manchester, so once we had reached the outskirts we had to carry on through and out the other

Appley Bridge

14 miles and one lock. During the morning we watched the C&RT guys and contractors working on repairing the bridge. Various rumours abound about how it was damaged. We heard that it was possibly a dumper truck, possibly a JCB and possibly a local farmer that damaged the bridge deliberately. On some land adjacent to

Coxhead Swing Bridge

We easily made through bridge 9 before the cutoff time and arrived at the vandalised bridge mid afternoon. We expected a bit of a queue, there was only Wombat II that had gone out yesterday. It poured with rain during the afternoon and evening so we just stayed onboard and read books.

Leaving Liverpool

We had extended our stay in Liverpool until Sunday because of the problem with Bridge 20 only being available at noon on Mondays and Fridays. C&RT’s arrangements for the Liverpool link is that boats arriving come in during the afternoon, and those leaving depart in the morning. The time slot allocated for leavers is 8:00

Salthouse Dock

For the past week we have being doing the tourist thing in Liverpool. The moorings are right in the heart of the docks, next to Albert dock which has in recent years been turned into a tourist attraction. The highlights for us were the Metropolitan Cathedral (including the Luytens crypt), ‘The Beatles Story’, an open

Along the Manchester Ship Canal

Andrew had arranged a trip for us on a Mersey ferry along the MSC. The trip started in Manchester so we took a taxi there at 8:00 as we had to be ready to board at 9:30. The trip lasted all day and it was very interesting to see the MSC from that perspective.


We have arrived! The weather overnight has been awful, cold, heavy rain and strong winds. Swing bridge 9 can only be used at certsin times to avoid causing traffic disruption. We had to get through before 7:30, so we set off at about 6:15. We reached the top of Stanley locks in plenty of time

Bridge 10 Melling

An early start to make sure we got to bridge 20 well before noon as we expected a queue, which was the case. We were third in a queue of eight. At noon they opened the bridge and let through the boats in the queue going the other way. So it was about 12:30 before