Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Canal Engineering Marvels

One of the benefits of our route south from Lancashire is that we have been able to see some really interesting pieces of canal architecture and engineering. First was the famous Barton Swing Aqueduct, where the Bridgewater Canal crosses the Manchester Ship Canal by an aqueduct which is also a swing bridge. It was due to open after winter maintenance on Saturday 31st March at 12 noon, and sure enough it did! We were there a little earlier, and so got a view of it swung away and out of use as well as the 'user's view' as we crossed over it!

Next was the equally famous Anderton Boat Lift, which links the Trent and Mersey Canal with the River Weaver, 50 feet below it. We didn't take a ride on it, as we had a deadline to meet up with Dave and Mary, but had a good look. Perhaps another time?

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