It will be another 8 days before we get our new solar panels installed - this will be in Shardlow - so we have decided to take the time to cruise the
We haven't been along this canal before, but keep on hearing reasonable reports.
First stop for us after leaving Shardlow was just down as far as Sawley - not too far at all. We moored up and started a couple of small jobs that had been on the list that we have - jobs that involved staining and varnishing - but at least they are done.
Diane took a walk into Long Eaton to send a card to her mum for Mother's Day (11th May in Australia this year) - didn't take her too long; I had settled in to get some work done; when she arrived back it was snooker time; warm up time (it had got a bit chilly outside) and time for a cuppa.
We had been through here just last year but we hadn't stopped.
It really is quite nice - a bit like a marina on a river.
|Cloud making machines at the ready (nearby Ratcliffe Power Station)...|
|...and it worked - the morning mist almost making them invisible|
Down onto the river, our companions went around to the services but we were straight ahead down the river.
|Onto the river and time to open the throttle...|
|...and guess who by.|
In little time at all the 4-way intersection of river and canals came up and we headed left into the opening for the Erewash.
Even though there was seemingly little flow from the Trent, there was still enough to see it's effect as we steered around - the flow taking a bit of a hold and moving us sideways - extra power gave the speed to overcome that and it was a pretty easy turn in the end.
|bye for now|
Thanks to Irene (nb Free Spirit) we had list of suitable mooring spots for this canal and so we
|The houseboats are big in this neck of the woods (or canal)|
|He stayed still long enough for us to finish|
|Long Eaton Lock|
From what we have seen to this point, the Erewash is heavily urbanised with mooring spots few and none where we would have felt comfortable stopping.
With just a modicum of noise from the nearby A52, there was no trouble sleeping.
|The view from the galley above Sandiacre Lock|
The first two locks were in our favour - so much so that the bottom gates were open and gate paddles had been left up - not simply a case of the gates opening by themselves.
|From a distance it looked like trouble getting around...|
|...up close it is a sad sight - apparently it has been this way for|
a few weeks already
|Looking back at one of the villages outside Sandiacre|
|The canal does become more rural as we progress|
We shouldn't have bothered - the karma gods made sure that the next 6 locks were all against use and a couple with top gates that wouldn't stay closed as we started to empty them.
But we got through OK; the scenery changed from entirely urban/industrial to more countryside - an Ashby or Shroppie it isn't, but it does have it's own character and so far I wouldn't say that it wasn't worth it.
We had the good oil on the next mooring point and the pub alongside - both from Irene and also from a guy at one of the locks, who was also a member of the Erewash Canal Society.
So we took the advice and moored up at
|The Happy Friday picture - Diane knew about the rabbit ears |
as the photo was being taken
He was keen to let us know that he has a couple of winter moorings available if we were in the market, they were there at a good price.
A bit more discussion about the ales available, a local brewery and things in general.
It was a comfortable friendly pub and we would be happy to have another visit if time permitted.
We have a few more days before we go back to Shardlow, one of these will be a visit to the boatyard at
11 Miles, 14 Locks
Totals: 2401 Miles, 1725 Locks, 77 Tunnels, 32