Taking a long walk…. Great Bedwyn -> Little Bedwyn Sunday on the canal Crofton Meadows -> Great Bedwyn Wolf Hall -> Crofton Meadows Brimslade -> Wolf Hall My first Zander Wotton Rivers -> Brimslade Most visited sites on the internet ABS LP110 Leisure battery for a narrowboat Burbage wharf Mooring in Wootton Rivers, Wiltshire Sunday in Pewsey Measuring the draft Looking for moorings around Wootton River/Clench New button fitted! Milkhouse Water, Wiltshire Now in Pewsey, CRT mooring rules Get into Stonehenge free Flaperon from MH370; no story – 1 month on Skyrim V Connect/’sign in’ to ‘open network’ wifi on Windows 10 My personal Strava movie – 2016 The biggest hacks of 2016 – A year in hacking US vs Bullying China Russian Google and Reddit misdirects skewing Google Analytics First complaint Winter electricity usage Devizes The fight for freedom, Not In My Back Yard Donald Trump – Puppet masters, Parody to victory, and the march to nationalism US Presidential elections 2016 Taking a narrowboat on the Thames Giles Wood – Melksham Bonny Journey List of dead bankers 2016 – conspiracy update Day 38 – Taunton to Exeter Day 37 – Seend Park to Taunton Day 36 – Seend Park to Bradford on Avon Day 49 – Caen Hill Marina to Seend Park Bleeding a BMC 1800 marine engine 3 Reasons you won’t ever tell me 9/11 was not an inside job Day 48 – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Devizes – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Honey Street to Devizes Day 46 – Great Bedwyn to Honey Street Day 45 – Newbury to Great Bedwyn Day 43 – Theale to Newbury Day 42 – Goring to Theale Day 41 – Oxford to Goring Day 40 – Aynho to Oxford Day 39 – Claydon to Aynho Day 38 – Flecknoe to Claydon Day 37 – Ansty to Flecknoe Day 36 – Alvecote to Ansty Day 35 – Kings Bromley to Alvecote Day 34 – Little Haywood to Kings Bromley News Winter moorings Day 33 – Stone to Little Haywood Day 32 – Kidsgrove to Stone Day 31 – Wheelock to Kidsgrove Cask ale week – Use your mobile to claim free beer Chimney repairs Day 30 – Marston to Wheelock Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston Viewranger mapping app Day 28 – Plank Lane to Dunham Massey Day 27 – Crooke to Plank Lane The anti-Blair cometh…. Day 26 – Rufford to Crooke Day 25 – Morecambe to Rufford – 1,000th post eva! Six companies are about to merge into the biggest farm-business oligopoly in history Day 25 – Hawes to Morecambe Day 24 – Durham to Hawes Day 23 – Newcastle to Durham Day 22 – Norham to Newcastle Day 21 – Edinburgh to Norham Day 20 – Dundee to Edinburgh Day 19 – Aberdeen to Dundee Day 18 – Buckie to Aberdeen Day 17 – Inverness to Buckie Day 16 – Helmsdale to Inverness Day 15 – Helmsdale Day 14 – John O’Groats to Helmsdale Inverness and over the border Travelling by train with a bike UNESCO PLACES OF WORSHIP Day 11 – Tarleton to St. Mary’s Marina, Rufford Day 10 – Tarleton lock Day 9 – Crooke to Tarleton Day 8 – Plank Lane to Crooke Day 7 – Grappenhall to Leigh Day 6 – Marston to Grapplington Bonny Journey – Day 5 – Church Minshull to Marston Bonny Journey – Day 4 – Audlem to Church Minshull Bonny Journey – Day 3 – Gnosall to Audlem Bonny Journey – Day 2 – Calf Heath to Gnosall Bonny Journey – Day 1 – Saturday 27th August Cloudflare slowing my site down causing it to timeout

Day 31 – Wheelock to Kidsgrove

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Wakey wakey, a day of locks ahead.

And what fun it turned out to be….

Not as punishing as Wigan and the Rufford branch in many ways. But when I stopped for lunch, I felt tired out.

Even considered a nap.

Never happened.

Moored up, had lunch and carried on through the locks.

Heatbreak hill

For those who would like a more adventurous break, a trip up “Heartbreak Hill” or the Cheshire locks as the old boatmen called them is worth considering.

This route takes you from the Cheshire plain up to near Stoke on Trent a climb of nearly 300 feet in about 30 miles. As you climb the hills, the panoramic views get better and better.

Departing south from our base, you go through the Preston Brook Tunnel [1239 yds] and Dutton stop lock where you join the Trent & Mersey canal. This passes through Dutton woods to emerge on a hillside above the Weaver valley. A further 2 miles and you arrive at the Saltisford and Barnton tunnels with a beautiful pool between them overlooking Satisford locks on the river Weaver.

Beyond the tunnels you reach the Anderton boat lift connecting the Weaver and canal that is 50ft above. There are visitor moorings and a little further on a water & rubbish disposal point.

The canal now swings away from the river passing to the east of Northwich before reaching open country again. There are several “Flashes” lakes formed when the land subsided due to salt extraction.

On reaching Middlewich after the first lock (a wide one) there are good overnight moorings and from here eight narrow locks take us up past a junction and the salt industry before reaching open country again.

A three mile pound leads us through countryside to the village of Wheelock (pub, shop, moorings, water & rubbish disposal). Here the locks start again 25 of them and fairly well spread out.

There are handy stopping points at Hassall Green by the M6 and at Rode Heath where there are two pubs, both of which serve meals, a convenience store with a post office and a Chinese take away.

Our climb ends at Hardings Wood junction where the Macclesfield canal turns off to the right looping back over our route at Poolstock aqueduct that we passed under during our climb. This is the place to turn round, descend 3 locks and stop at the Red Bull visitor moorings. There is a handy pub nearby, water & rubbish disposal by the BW yard and if you wish you can walk to the Harecastle tunnels where the entrance to Brindley’s original bore can still be seen.

On the return journey you will find that the views are completely different and as many of the locks are paired, finding one that is set for you is always possible.

It takes about 34 hours to complete the trip

Taken from http://www.claymoore.co.uk/cheshire-locks/

My version would be something like this.

A series of locks starting at Wheelock and ending at the Harecastle tunnel over a space of 7 miles.

Heartbreak hill
Heartbreak hill

Took me a long time to get 7 miles.

Tried to fix the fender at the front, with some success. You can see this on one of the videos.

Here’s the maps involved.

Day 31 – Map

Day 31 – Video

Bit of timelapse of the locks of Heartbreak Hill.

23 Locks covered on the day.

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  1. Well done you….quite an undertaking. …lovely countryside though. Not far now. Stoke is rather interesting from the canal….enjoy xx

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