|Moorings at Wrenbury
|Looking towards the lift bridge
|Morning mist almost hides the down stream
lift bridge we passed under yesterday
|The iconic Wrenbury Mill
|Not sure what I was doing here but clearly had my hands full
Behind them, some distance back, was yet another boat had appeared heading our way so Chris was not sure whether to keep the bridge open or not. Her dilemma was soon resolved when the hire boat basin owner told Chris to lower the bridge as complaints from residents meant only three boats were allowed through at a time to avoid queues of traffic. Chris complied but by now the 4th boat, a single hander with no BW key, was at the bridge and asked Chris to let her through, which Chris duly obliged. At least the lady helm of this boat thanked Chris as she gratefully passed under the bridge.
|The last boat with polite lady disappears into the distance
leaving us behind to close the bridge.
|Miles of lovely clear and beautiful canal followed
We worked our way up Warbury Lock, Quoisley Lock, Willeymoor Lock and Poveys' Lock, all against us until we reached Grindley Brook Locks.
|The Willeymoor inn at Willeymoor lock - closed when we passed by
|Quoisley lock with strong bywash, a feature of these locks
|Povey's lock clearly being prepared for next weeks closure
|Bridge portal to the bottom lock pound
|Unusual diagonal brickwork
|Delightful holding pound as you pass through the bridge
|Looking down the staircase from the top chamber
|Was this a plush lock keepers residence once or a toll office?
Now privately owed.
Whilst moored up I thought I'd try the horn again. I figured if it worked unmounted I'd try it that way for the rest of the trip. I loosened the two holding screws but before completely removing them tried it one more time and b@gg@r me it worked! Whats more it has done so every time I've used it ever since. Why loosening a mounting screw should make it work I've no idea but who am I to complain.
A few more miles on and we arrived at the New Mills lift bridge by the junction of the Whitchurch arm. I was keen to investigate the arm and hoped to moor there over night as it looked quite pretty. The sign at the arm entrance tells boaters of larger boats to continue to the nearby winding hole to wind and then return to enter the arm. Clearly at a steep angle to the main line there is no room to turn into the arm when travelling from Grindley Brook so we abided by the sign, winded and entered the arm.
|Looking back into the arm from the lift bridge and the sign
informing boater how to enter
|The arm is out of shot to left of picture and winding hole up ahead
At 4.30pm it was clear we had arrived far too late as all available moorings were taken which came as no surprise. I had hought is a long shot at best. With no choice we winded in the arm and left having at least had the experience of travelling into it. All signs indicate this stretch is only phase one of the restoration so it may well be extended one day.
|The extent of the Whitchurch arm navigation.
Winding once more upstream of the arm in the same winding hole as before we retraced our steps and moored downstream a few 100 meters of the lift bridge for the night in a lovely secluded spot. We were now ready to start our homeward journey and the rest of the Llangollen will have to wait for another time.