After leaving the Trent you pull into a small area where you wait to go up Trent lock and then onto the Erewash canal .We have been told by many fellow boaters not to bother with this canal as the gates and paddles on every lock are very heavy and such hard work and there are very few places to safely moor. But as usual we need to find out for ourselves….So here goes.
But then after a few locks we start to meet a couple of boats coming towards us who have turned around before reaching the end. It seems that the locks are just so heavy and many boaters have been advised to be very careful where they moor due to anti social behaviour. But not being put off we carry on with me taking over from Carolyn on lock operating duties due to the heaviness of the locks.
We eventually found a bit of open country near Shipley lock and decided to moor for the night. Even though we were in the country it wasn't a peaceful night with several Scroates walking the towpath shouting and swearing at all hours of the night.
Anyway , Not being put off and determined to get to the end we pulled pins at 08.40 and eventually made it to Langley mill which is the end of the Erewash Canal . We had been advised not to go above the top lock until you had walked up there and checked that you could moor and turn . What good advice that was. With very little chance of mooring and boats moored on the lock landing and in the Winding hole we decided to turn below the lock and moor on the grass outside of KFC.
On our mooring for the night . With a Lidl and an Asda we filled the cupboards. With Curly wanting KFC for her evening meal I decided that I would join her to save on Carolyn slaving over a hot stove after all of that heavy locking……How good am I ???
We met with Neil on Ann on NB Heartsease who were also moored at the end of The Erewash and to make things easier we decided on an early start in the morning and share all of the locks back down to the River Trent.