The Call of Nature
Always a pleasing sight - a volunteer at a lock!
Left to our own devices we were solo travellers through the next five
This railway bridge with archways to either side for the towpaths is a beautiful structure
Yes, I did lie on the floor to get this shot
Another nicely designed bridge below, Mr F was using it to shelter from the relentless cross wind and giving me a head start to the next lock so he could sail straight in
The amusingly named Chicken Lock had new gates and the run off completely rebuilt over the winter
This nest has been used every year since we have been boating
Our overnight stop on the visitor moorings near to Rufford Old Hall.
The following morning I walked up to the swing bridge enjoying this tree lined stretch. CRT have been improving the towpath and creating a soft edge to the bank with these special coir rolls pre planted with aquatic plants in an attempt to encourage water voles which are in decline
Mervyn passing through the remains of a bridge at the back of the Rufford Old Hall where the ghost of a man has allegedly been seen floating above the canal. All I can say is that the pub is just round the corner and the beer is good.....
The pair of swans further down had hatched their signets, I think I counted seven but they kept moving!
There is a abandoned lock here and immediately after the winding (or turning) hole
Back through the lock and the swans parading their brood
The offending swing bridge above
It wasn't far to the services so I stayed off the boat and took the opportunity to take some more photos including from up on the road bridge which afforded a fabulous view
Home for the week, after topping up the water and pumping out the waste tank, then walking back to collect vehicles... I was ready for a snooze!