We had barely got of the mooring when a well known boat pulled up onto the moorings, that being Reckless, from the TV series "The boat that guy built". She hasn't changed and still has the scorch marks on the roof from the BQQ Guy had on her, though, she looked a lot cleaner than last time we saw her. Good to see she is being looked after and not left on a mooring to wither away forgotten. She's been through a lot so deserves to be kept going.
|Reckless of TV series the boat that Guy built|
|Approaching Barton Tunnel|
|And the other portal from inside|
|The sign informing boaters when they can proceed through the tunnel|
|Waiting for our allotted time to proceed|
|Over Halfway through before we could see the end of the tunnel|
|Nice wide stretch of canal|
|Colourful artwork on this boat|
After five miles of pleasant cruising we came to Preston Brook Tunnel. This marks the end of the Trent and Mersey canal and the start of the Bridgewater canal. Here Dutton stop lock drops all of 2 inches onto the Bridgewater canal just before the tunnel. As on most boundaries of canals built by different companies the stop lock is there to protect water. In this case to prevent water loss to the Bridgewater canal
|You only get a 10 minute window at this tunnel|
|Entering Dutton Stop lock|
|The East Portal of Preston brook tunnel|
|At 1239 yards there is no chance of seeing the other end and this too is not straight.|
|Nice and slow with two boats including the hirers ahead|
|The sign pronouncing the start (for us) of the Bridgewater canal and quite clear terms|
that gives us 7 days to get to the Leeds Liverpool canal or stump up the readies.
Our intended destination was only a short run from here past the Daresbury Innovation park and its huge tower. We found out this is a Van de Graaff accelerator (of course we all know a Van de Graaff generator is an electrostatic generator which uses a moving belt to accumulate electric charge on a hollow metal globe on the top of an insulated column, creating very high electric potentials don't we? No? well we didn't either :-0).
|The Van de Graaff tower dominates the sky line for miles|
|And the campus for the Innovation center. Wonder what innovations they come up with?|
|Moore village and Grumpy Grandma sat on the bench|
|Moored on the canal company moorings outside Moore Village post office. |
Odd the company chose not the moor there whilst we were there!