Tuesday 20th August, 2013 at the Anderton Lift.
Today, between Marston and Anderton, we passed the most northerly point on our travels this year. This bit of the canal was re-built as late as 1958 because the old route of the canal was sinking into old salt minings.
Although we had been on the lift once before with Jenni, Barry and family in 2010, it was always our ambition to take MM down on the lift. The lift is spectacular. It will take two 72ft narrowboats, or one widebeam, between the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver 50ft below in just a few minutes. It was opened in 1875 and continued in use until 1983, when it was closed for restoration. It re-opened in 2002 and is one of the wonders of the canal network.
We sailed back towards the Anderton Lift and moored up for the night. We are booked to go back up on the Lift at 11:30 tomorrow morning.
The night was slightly disturbed by the loud hum from some kind of fan on the industrial estate opposite, but we still all slept well anyway.
Today: 11 miles, 1 Lift and 6.3 hours.
Trip: 282 miles, 216 locks and 229.4 hours.