And today really has been a busy day. It started as we were the first boat through Harecastle Tunnel at 8am this morning, this was one of the dry bits of the journey even with the leaks! It is about a mile long and took 35 minutes to go through. There is a one way system in place and fans are run to keep the air moving and shift exhaust fumes. A tunnel keeper at each end controls boat movements.
|colourful calcite formations on the roof of the tunnel|
At the north end of the tunnel with the earlier Brindley tunnel on the right. Only the later Telford tunnel is used now.
Many of the locks are in pairs, on this stretch known as Heartbreak Hill, so many locks but in odd sets of 2,3,5 with half mile or mile gaps in between.
Over the last mile or so we began to meet hire boats out for the weekend, some of them have yet to get the hang of steering! I'm sure they will, we've all had a first time.
So a happy day? Yes I think so, despite the rain, we locked down with lovely people, had a joke with new boaters and enjoyed the scenery and wildlife we could see.
13 miles, 30 locks, 1 tunnel