Sunday, 22 January 2012

A walk along the Trent and Mersey Canal.............................. in Cheshire

It is still very windy here at the moment... and I had another day of running after my cap.
I went back to Anderton Boat Lift and had a walk along the canal towards Marbury Country Park.

The Trent and Mersey canal is just under 95 miles long and was completed in 1777.
  The canal has more than 70 locks and five tunnels.
I had only walked a few hundred yards when I arrived at one of the local marinas.
Narrowboats for sale and to hire.. plus plenty of mooring berths for private use.
The bright paintwork of the barges gave me the chance to add some colour to this post.

This noisy little pump was bouncing as it emptied the dry dock.

The canal can take narrowboats 7ft wide and up to 72ft in length.

Over wintering private craft at the Marina.

The names of some of the boats made me chuckle.
It's a popular pastime...  most of these will have central heating and shower rooms.

Leaving the canal I entered Anderton Nature Park... reclaimed industrial land stretching from the boat lift right up to Marbury Country Park and the flashes Neumanns and Ashton.
The Northwich Woodland continues to grow and with the inclusion of land around Uplands Farm it now extends to some 323 hectares of public open space in total.

Relics from the areas industrial past.

There are a few fishing lakes in the reserve... permits are required.

Created from what was once largely derelict land the woodlands now provides a rich and green environment to the north of Northwich town centre.
Northwich Woodlands is made up of nine countryside sites each with a different character and history.
 The Weaver Navigation and the Trent and Mersey canal flow through the heart of the reserve adding further variety to the landscape.
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

 As I returned to my car I spotted this lovely male Bullfinch... Nature can be just as colourful as a narrowboat.


Gary said...

Great post Andrew!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

ADRIAN said...

I heard that British Waterways had been disbanded. Be a pity if the canals became isolated to just popular sections.
narrow boats are photogenic beasts, these look grand.

TexWisGirl said...

narrowboats. how cool are they?! nothing i've seen here in the States!

Susan Scheid said...

Canals are so appealing. We took a canal boat when in the Brecon Beacons in Wales--I have to say, for me, the best part was choosing to walk back alongside the canal, where you could look at the canal boats and all else.

Milton Ostetto said...

grade reportagem, muito interessante
abraço do Brazil

Carole M. said...

well the bull-finch is the sweetest of them all, but I've often thought how tranquil the ride, drifting along one of those canals. 72' is quite some barge-boat; it'd be interesting to see how they're fitted out. I should do a google... I'm imagining you racing around after your cap :) Quite the hassle with camera in hand and the other things we seem to have to hang off us when venturing out.

Adam said...

I always wanted to ride on a Canal boat

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Like TWG said, nothing like those here in the states I know of. Marinas here like in San Francisco Bay for example have house boats people live on full time. Some of those narrowboats look like people live in them. Is that so?

joo said...

So it's where the boats live:)
I love them!

Horst in Edmonton said...

That would really be neet to live on one of those long Canal Boats. Love your photos today.

Marianne, aka Ranger Anna said...

Great post! Bully for you all for reclaiming the land in such a wonderful way.

There are some canal type boats that ply the St. Lawrence Seaway in North America. A friend of my vacationed that way 2 summers ago.

heyBJK said...

Those are cool looking boats! I've never seen any quite like those. I love the signs and colors they have.

grammie g said...

Hi Andrew...I still can't get over the interesting culture of where you live...I have learned and seen so much from your blog of your part of the UK then I would ever get to...this post was fascinating ..makes me want to get a loan and buy a ticket...
Thanks for sharing ..That is one beauty of a Bullfinch!!

grammie g said...

Hi Andrew...I still can't get over the interesting culture of where you live...I have learned and seen so much from your blog of your part of the UK then I would ever get to...this post was fascinating ..makes me want to get a loan and buy a ticket...
Thanks for sharing ..That is one beauty of a Bullfinch!!

Pantherka said...

Have you had a nice walk, though windy, you captured the beautiful photo.

Jeanne said...

Hello Andrew.... I think that bullfinch is absolutely lovely. I don't believe I have ever seen those around where I live. Also really enjoyed seeing those ferries along the Mersey. Not to date myself, but bet that is what the beetles song was about.... way back when. To further date myself, I went to their concert about 1964?? in the Cow Palace in San Francisco, and all of the parents were having such a fit that the Beetles were so wild.... Good thing they did not see what was coming later.... Anyway, your photos of this area were really enjoyable. Also, thank you for stopping by my blog. Cheers to you! Jeanne

NicoleB said...

In a way it's weird to see all these colourful boats. They look like gypsy boats. never expected to see something like that there.
Beautiful in their own way (minus the noisy pumps,....)

Lovely to have a park like that when it once was an industrial area.
I love it when nature claims her territory back!
Wonderful, colourful shot of the Bullfinch too!

Ruby said...

Beautiful photos and the narrowboats are amazing. I love the restaurants on boats!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I have just returned from the wild, woolly and less that wonderful world of wireless only internet - so now I'm catching up.

Great set of shots – I often wonder if the canals will ever have a second lease of life when the price of oil really goes up. Nice image of the Bullfinch – splendid bird.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Sandra said...

these are very interesting to me, i have read about boat canals like this but never seen one. i like the long narrow boats, especially the back of the colorful one. i like the marina, looks nothing like the ones we have here but makes a lot of sense the way they have it laid out. beautiful photos

The Glebe Blog said...

Lovely pictures Andrew.
Not long after I became a widower, a couple of my daughters tried to persuade me to sell my house and buy a narrowboat instead. I didn't, but I still think it must be great living life on the waterways.As a family, we had a holiday in Norfolk on a houseboat quite a few years ago. What a great summer that was.


Beautiful photos and barges are brightly colored to make a note of color

Dave said...

You sell our wonderful county of Cheshire in such a memorable and colourful way with your posts on this blog. I am sure the readers are all dying to come over and visit.

Brilliant stuff mate

JM said...

Those boats are so cool! Lovely view and bird at the bottom.

Inger-M said...

Those barges are really cheery and colorful! Do people actually live on them, or are they more like holiday homes or "seagoing camper vans"? Great post!

Sallie ( said...

If I were rich and had all the time in the world, one of the first things I'd do would be take a narrow boat canal cruise through your beautiful countryside. I like the "Breakfast All Day" .

Oh yeah, and the bird is beautiful!