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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Cruising the docks


Yesterday we felt the need to be on the move, so we had a mini cruise around the south docks to the Marina.




It was a bit of a grey day, we dodged the showers, but the photos are a bit grey.






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Wapping quay, the buildings are now apartments.


The Liverpool Watersports centre had some rowing eights and sailing dinghies out.

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The Fire & Rescue service were practicing water rescues too.

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The marina is full of sailing boats and large pristine white cruisers.






The other side of this lock is the Mersey and the way to the MSC and Ellesmere Port if you have the necessary paperwork, perhaps we’ll do that one day…….




Then today, we have made the return trip along the Link and back up to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.  We were expecting to get wet, heavy rain was forecast, so the waterproofs were dug out and we set off, back through Albert Dock and Canning Dock to the first lock, with the lockies waiting for us.

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Joining nb Kingsley in Princes lock.





With a last look back at the Liver Building…….

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along the link with the wind turbines, keeping the docks supplied with energy……..

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and the dockers clock, with its six faces, looking out to all directions for synchronising the timepieces of the sailors and dockers.

Then it was back up the locks, again with a team of volunteers and lock-keepers to do the work for us.

We waved goodbye to the lockies at bridge 9, and soon after the rain started, but we were ready for it, so carried on, working with Kingsley leap-frogging at the swing bridges, it made things easier and we didn’t stop til Halsall at about 5 o’clock.  A good day’s travelling.


20 miles, 6 locks, 1 tunnel, 9 bridges

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