Today’s plan was to travel as far as The River Weaver would take us. The first hours cruising was in lovely country side, but almost as soon as we had passed under the Sutton Swing Bridge and the M56 Motorway the scenery changed.
For two miles the sprawling ICI works spread out on the right of the canal and on the left behind a embankment the Manchester Ship Canal swept in to run along side us, just visible through a small cut in the bank. A low swing bridge 5ft above the water level barred us from the Weston Point Docks so we turned SKYY around in the entrance of the abandoned Runcorn and Weston Canal, the derelict lock gates a sad reminder of how so many of the English canals looked like before restoration allowed us boaters to explore them.
On our return we stopped against the pontoon for the Weston Marsh Lock, and looked over onto the Manchester Ship Canal. This lock is unmanned and passage has to be pre-booked if pleasure boats with the correct paperwork wish to enter the Ship Canal.
We gently returned to our previous mooring at Devils the Garden for another quiet night.