Saturday, June 15, 2013

Going Down Heartbreak Hill

Duplicated  locks on the  Trent & Mersey  Canal
Today we decided to move even though the weather forecast said rain in the afternoon and a bit windy. Last night we had some strong gusts in the night but the satellite dish was still attached to the roof, Eric had tied it down.
On the Trent & Mersey Canal there are duplicated locks which speed up the locking process as there is usually one of the pair of locks set ready to use, but not always. Sometimes both are set against you. Today the boat ahead of was opening the gates for us if the lock was full ready for us.....a great help.
The old boatmen called the 26 locks in  seven miles from Wheelock to  Hardings Wood Junction where the Macclesfield Canal joins the T & M,  'Heartbreak Hill' as you ascend from or descend to the Cheshire Plain for all too obvious reasons as you work through them. Some of the lock gear was difficult even with a long handled windlass, and there's heavy gates to contend with as well.

Approaching  Lawton Treble Locks at Church Lawton
Lock 50  Lawton Treble Locks

At one of Lawton Locks a local lady was selling cakes, jams and chutneys in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital so we bought some strawberry jam. We worked through eight locks in all and moored up before Pierpoint Locks with another ten locks to do tomorrow! The rains just started but we're nice and dry inside the boat.

1 comment:

Yvonne said...

She's been selling her produce there for years. I always buy some as it's lovely stuff and such a good cause.
X Yvonne