Sunday, 16 September 2012

Trying (and failing)......................................... to get closer to the cormorants

I went out for a short limp (sorry walk) but my knee is still quite swollen and sore so it was a short one.
I parked across the road from my Mums house and did a walk we used to do most weekends when my son was a youngster... more about that soon.

 This old cottage was built in 1865 and is called Weaverham View... 
...a pity the view is now obscured by cottages built 30 years or so later... still well over 100 years ago.

 I headed down to the canal... crossing the top of Barnton Tunnel which is 572 yards in length.
The image above is of one of the air vents... roughly halfway.

 I soon passed the entrance to the tunnel or as you will see in my next post the exit... I had a laugh with a group of Venture Scouts (female) on a training course as they emerged from the tunnel.

It started to rain as I followed the lane down to the River Weaver and close to the spot I had seen the cormorants while on my boat trip last weekend..
I really liked the look of this little boat as it got ready to pass through the lock gates.

Crossing the locks I had hoped to get a bit closer to the tree the cormorants were roosting in but the undergrowth (brambles and nettles) thwarted my attempts.

 I spent a while just looking around the locks and surrounding area... 
...it's been a few years since I have been here on foot.

A walk along the river bank gave me the chance to see the Cormorants... 
...but the same view I had from the boat last weekend.

 Saltersford Locks were built in 1874.

Built for industry it's fantastic to see little pleasure craft like "Jacqueline" using them to progress up river.

 The view up the river towards Northwich and my home... hard to believe when you see views like this.

Back at the canal and it was still raining... to see a bit of colour was so welcome.

An uphill struggle with my sore knee and back to the car then home for a rest.
It's a lovely spot and so full of memories.

13 comments:

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Nice photos its good to go back to see old places.

TexWisGirl said...

my guess is you should be resting that knee instead of trudging on it.

pretty boat. pretty mallard, too. the air vent looks like a brick silo to me. :)

Horst in Edmonton said...

What a wonderful walk you had, and the photos were great. Sure is nice to see the area you live in. Have a great week.

Sandra said...

thanks for the tour, Andrew. that first house is just beautiful and to be that old. wow. i like the Jacqueline, amazing old boat.

Dina J said...

What a beautiful place. Get a good rest for that knee.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Wonderful images .. A beautiful place... Regards,,

Bob Bushell said...

Yes, I agree with Theresa, you ought to rest the leg. But, I do like very much the house your mother still lives at, and the rest.

Brian King said...

Beautiful scenery! I'm surprised you got out so soon, but I don't like being cooped up, either. Even though you couldn't get the cormorant photos you wanted, you took some great shots of the area!

Lorac said...

It is a lovely walk! Thanks so much for sharing.

Michelle said...

A beautiful walk, I think.

Pantherka said...

Andrew, it is a wonderful post and great photos.

JM said...

The photo of the cormorants is a winner! They look like vultures in Africa waiting for their turn to feed on a carcass.

Skye said...

Beautiful wooden boat- wow! We live on a big lake here and there is one marina that specializes in old wooden boats - we see the old wooden chris crafts out on the lake in the summertime- they are timeless and beautiful!