With Carolyn desperate to get away from the cows at Devils Garden we pulled pins at 08.40 and headed downstream and towards the end of the navigable river Weaver. Towards the end of the river it’s just this massive power station and a chemical plant which is enormous.
We were told by one of the Lockies that this lock is seldom used as unfortunately there is no commercial traffic now working on the Weaver which seems a bit of a shame with all the factories along it’s banks,surely boat freight would ease the pressure on our roads.
We then had an hour to wait at Dutton lock as the lock was full and three boats were on their way down river, there was no way the Lockie was going to empty it just for us. In the end it was a bit of a result as the Lockie informed Carolyn of the whereabouts of an over laden Damson tree. She later returned with over 10 pounds of Damsons, It looks like production of Damson jam is about to start.
We then had an half hour hold up at Acton swing bridge . They were loading a digger onto a pontoon as they are about to carry out a lot of dredging on the river. We thought the dredging was for the boat traffic ,but in fact it’s all part of flood management on the river.
After an excellent days cruise we finally made it back to our favourite mooring on the Weaver at Barnton. With jam production now well under way we will have a night here before heading back in to Northwich for a shop in the morning and then back up the Anderton boatlift and onto the canals again.