|Approaching Saltersford Lock|
|An old BW boat passing us by|
|Acton Swing Bridge is ahead|
|NB Roach is ahead of the two working boats|
|Approaching Dutton Viaduct|
Today Ben and I followed some footpath signs and a much shorter route to the shop in Barnton to get a Sunday paper, there and back in under an hour. If you ever moor at Barnton Cut take the first footpath sign you see heading back towards Anderton. You end up overlooking the tunnel air shaft and then it's a right turn to walk over the tunnel mouth and it's a left turn at the main road into Barnton village.
Ben exercised we were ready to cruise and a quick phone call to the lock keeper meant the gates were open ready for us at Saltersford Lock. Leaving the lock we let the old BW boat who shared the lock go ahead as we weren't in any hurry. We passed through Acton Swing Bridge and he pulled in onto the moorings anyway.
Two working boats were coming towards us and we recognised NB Roach with his coal on board. We arrived at Dutton Lock and once again the lock was ready for us as the previous lock keeper had phoned ahead. We continued our cruise under the magnificent Dutton Viaduct (built in 1837 by Joseph Locke) and through some secluded wooded stretches of the river. We passed one boat moored at 'Devil's Garden', but I don't know where the name comes from.
We cruised near Frodsham and under Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge before turning round and stopping for lunch on the Visitor Mooring while the water tank filled up. We headed back to stay at the moorings below Dutton Lock for the night.......the lock keeper told us he starts at 8 am tomorrow but we won't be ready that early!