Hil fancied a look round the exhibition at the Anderton Lift (or "Anderton Lift Experience" as it's now known) this morning, but they don't open until 11 in winter and with the short days we couldn't spare the time. We got the timing right for Saltersford and Preston Brook Tunnels. Boats can only enter for 20 minutes in each hour at Saltersford and a mere ten minutes at Preston Brook, although I must admit that we cheated a little there. Northbound passage is from the hour until 10 past and southbound from half-past to twenty-to the hour. Unlike Saltersford you can see through the tunnel at Preston Brook so when at 1255 there was no sign of an oncoming boat and it was then too late for one to enter we "jumped the lights" so to speak.
We passed the rather sinister looking government complex at Daresbury (definitely NO MOORING!) and stopped at the handy canalside shop at Moore for some supplies. However, it was by now obvious that our original target for the night, Lymm, was a tad ambitious so we opted for Grappenhall, stopping in time to take a walk in the late afternoon sun.
Grappenhall is very much a village of two parts. North of the canal it is part of the amorphous sprawl of Warrington suburbia, but to the south the old part of the village remains, with the church and two pubs standing on the old cobbled main street.
|Grappenhall church and one of the village's two pubs|
|The "Penny Ferry" at Thelwall|
Instead we re=traced our steps tp Thelwall village and called in for an early pint at the pub.
|Pickering Arms, Thelwall|
We did think about venturing out again to try one of Grappenhall's two pubs after tea but the rain was so heavy and it was so warm and cosy on the boat that we couldn't be bothered!