|Algae filled lower lock and bridge about to swing
|AmyJo sits in the lock amongst the rubbish. I prayed none got caught round the prop.
|Just out of the lock the Shipping canal lay ahead.
|Shipping moored just outside the Museum lock and the way out to Eastham locks and the Mersey.
|Leaving the port far behind
|Numbered marker posts that are marked on the guide notes helped us find where we were
|Large refining plant on the water's edge.
|The refinery shipping berths are on the other side of the canal and pipes run across on the canal bed to the refinery
|Ship crews and refinery staff are ferried across in these purpose built ferries.
|Not a ship in sight
|Geese taking flight as we approached them.
|Weston Marsh Lock is to the right just round the headland beyond the yellow marker bouy.
|Weston Marsh Lock comes into view with open gate to greet us
|The lock is much wider than it seems as only one gate was open as we approached
|AmyJo felt insignificant in the cavernous lock.
|The Locky winds the paddle for us.
Braced for the surge of boiling water as the paddle opened we were amazed at how gentle the lock level rose the full 2 feet 4 inches to the river level. That was it, we had traversed our small section of the Shipping canal safely and were now heading out onto the river Weaver but we could not celebrate just yet. We still had to find a mooring. Mo had advised us a good place to stop was the Devil's Garden some 40 minutes distant so of we went in search of it.
|Leaving Marsh lock and the view up to Weston Point docks in the distance
This section of the river is somewhat industrial as one runs alongside the ICI plant. The overhead cloud added to the gloominess of the scene. Not long after entering the river we come across the M56 skyway bridge high up above us.
|The elevated M56 that we have driven over countless times.
Signs the scenery will improve appear as one cruises past the Runcorn Rowing Club just before the bridge. We intended to stop on the public moorings just before the club so pulled into a nicely manicured section of the bank believing this was the moorings only to discover the Pearson's has them on the wrong side of the club and they were in fact upstream of the club not downstream as printed.
|Runcorn Rowing Club
Three bridges in close succession span the river herabouts. A water point is located between them so we winded AmyJo and reversed onto it to top up.
|After passing under the M56 the next two bridges are found with water point on the right
|Reversing onto the water point seen on the right of frame by pathway.
|Frodsham cut isunnavigable as it leads to a weir to the tide section of the river.
buoys block the way and Arrows ward off travellers to go right.
|Our mooring at the delightful Devil's Garden
|Time for a celebration drink
|You can just make out the kingfisher if you look closely
|And here he is in plain view
|Our solitude is taken by a late arrival. Well this is a favourite mooring along here so we cannot complain.