We’ve taken a bit of a detour in our journey to the Lancaster Canal for the final leg of our ‘gap year(s)’. We had 10 days to get from Manchester to Tarleton for the Ribble link crossing, which is plenty of time, so we have come down the Bridgewater and the Trent & Mersey canals and onto the Weaver for the weekend.
After a safe night at the site of the Dutton Hollow breach, this morning we made our way along some narrow bits of the Trent & Mersey, through two tunnels to the Anderton lift. We had to wait a couple of hours for a slot to go down onto the river, which was fine, time to make lunch and have a wander around the lift site.
Then it was our turn………
At river level…………
Whilst we were in Manchester for those few days, the signs of autumn have come to the hedgerows. The haws have turned red and the elderberries have blackened. We have been picking blackberries at every stop, and enjoying them in many different guises, they’re so big, sweet and juicy this year.
1. Blackberry & Apple Pie
2. Blackberry & Plums in syrup
3. Blackberry & Apple Crumble
4. Blackberry & Lime Creams
5. Blackberries with sugar & cream
6. Bramble Jelly
Any more suggestions?
Dutton Hollow – Vale Royal, 9 miles, 2 tunnels, 1 lift, 2 locks