The alarm went off at 7.30 this morning. We still had a mile to travel before reaching Bridge 9, the start of the assisted passage into Liverpool.
We arrived at Bridge 9 and joined two other waiting boats. Richard and John from CaRT arrived early to brief us about our journey and by 9am we were underway, soon passing Aintree Racecourse and the infamous Canal Turn. There was too much planting to get a photograph of the course, and this was probably intentional to stop voyeurs standing on the towpath watching any racing, or frightening the horses.
A guy on a bridge, clasping his lager tin to his chest, welcomed us to Liverpool from one of the footbridges and wished us a good journey.
We stopped briefly at Litherland and then continued on to the top of Stanley Locks (four locks that carry you down into Liverpool Docks).
Travelling through Collingwood Dock, Salisbury Dock, Central Docks Channel, (or Sid’s Ditch as its now known as) Princes Dock, Princes Dock Lock, past the Liver Building, and the Liverpool Museum, Canning Lock into Canning Dock and the half-tide lock, and Albert Dock we finally arrived into Salthouse Dock at 2pm. What a fantastic journey and on such a lovely sunny day too.