We woke earlier than usual this morning and a quick peek through the blind confirmed there had been a heavy frost overnight and we were shrouded in mist which meant that the internal temperature of the boat had dropped slightly overnight.
The winter duvet is called for.
After a bowl of warming porridge we set off; Max and I on foot and Storm at the helm, for the first couple of miles before Max and I hopped back on board at a bridge portal.
The Autumnal colours along the Bridgewater Canal looked fantastic under clear blue skies.
We made it to Preston Brook by 10 am where we filled up with diesel at Claymore Narrowboats. We missed the ten minute tunnel entry window at 10.30 am by just ten minutes and so had a 50 minute wait. We followed another single hander through the tunnel and assisted him through Dutton Stop Lock before working the lock for ourselves.
This lock is probably one of the most important stop locks on the system as it controls great stretches of lock free pounds from Middlewhich to the south, and to Manchester and Wigan in the North. Both the Bridgewater and Trent & Mersey canals have both experienced breaches in recent times where the canals have burst their banks and this lock prevented the loss of water being so much worse.
We arrived in Anderton where we will be staying until we move into the marina on Friday afternoon as we’re going home on Saturday for a couple of weeks or so.
Our adventures will continue sometime after 14 November.