Saturday, July 18, 2009

Canal Cruise Parbold to Scarisbrick 6.5 miles

Today I was press-ganged into the crew of the Albatross to help with the swing bridges. We were moving the boat from Parbold to Scarisbrick. In a couple of weeks the Albatross will be going to Liverpool and down to Albert Dock via the new canal.

There were plenty of boats on the move, the new canal linking the docks in Liverpool seems to be bringing boats to this quiet stretch of canal.

The swing bridges are easy as long as you read the instructions! We did have to wait while I slowly remembered to hold the button down rather than just press it. The worst bridge is the one by the Slipway. It really should be replaced with an electric one. The best bridge is Glovers Swing Bridge which even puts the barriers down for you and has traffic lights!

The weather wasnt so great, windy and a bit chilly but by the time we got to Scarisbrick the sun had come out and it was warm enough to take a couple of layers off.

Its been 10 years since I sailed on this stretch of canal and 20 years since Albatross was last in these waters. It was nice to be back on the water and great to see so many boats on the move.

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