|NB Bendigedig on the River Churnet|
Today (Saturday) we went on the River Churnet for short section. It was a lovely river and Eric said the boat felt so different with deeper water. I walked alongside the river with Ben keeping him well away from the bikes and their riders. At Consall Forge the river disappears down a weir and it's back to canal. We stopped at the water point next to Consall Forge Lime Kilns. There are four kilns from the days of forges, furnaces and mills. The Black Lion is over the canal bridge from the water point and it hasn't any road access, so anything is delivered on a sack truck. Looks a lovely pub, we may have to stop there on the way back.
|At the waterpoint|
|Consall Forge Lime Kilns|
|Watering up at Consall Forge|
At Consall there's a Railway Station with a cantilevered waiting room which overhangs the narrow canal. A steam train passed us while we were on the River Churnet blowing his steam whistle.....Ben didn't like that at all.
|The cantilevered waiting room of Consall Railway Station|
|Looking back at Consall Railway Station|
We cruised as far as Flint Mill Lock and descended the deep lock which has a gauge which tells you whether you'll fit through Froghall Tunnel.....we won't ......the cratch and mushrooms made the boat too tall. So we continued on our way to Froghall Visitor Moorings as we knew we could turn around there being under 65 feet. We moored up next to the metal fencing of the copper works, not exactly picturesque but it means we can go and have a look at Froghall Tunnel and the basin beyond on foot if not by boat.
|The gauge at Froghall Tunnel|
|Lime Kilns at Froghall Basin|
|Froghall Basin with pontoons for visitors that fit through the tunnel|
|Wild Garlic alongside the canal at Froghall Picnic area|
|The other tunnel portal|
|I'm not looking at you!|