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The site of Thurlwood Steel Lock only built in 1958 (see date bottom left) and demolished a few years ago.

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The contemporary bridge survives.

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A substantial stone bridge number, which appears to have had an oval plate fitted over it at one time.

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Entering Lock 57 at Hassall Green.

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It is clear that the towpath side lock here is the later addition.

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Approaching Minshull Lock on the Middlewich Branch.

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And then via Barbridge to Hurleston Junction. A strong cross wind held us over to the left as the lock emptied and Martin had to haul the bows over.

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Ascending Hurleston Locks. We had no problems here despite Fulbourne's 7' 0" beam, although we have seen narrower craft get stuck.

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Grindley Brook staircase

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Rosie

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The lock cottage at the top of Grindley Brook

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Above Grindley Brook we encountered this 14' wide piling barge. There was not a lot of room for a deep draughted boat to pass.

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The Prees Branch junction

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We passed wooden Leonard Leigh tug James Loader with ex GUCCCo butty Betelgeuse.

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Navigable and unnavigable waters (Blake Mere)

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Ellesmere Tunnel

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First sight of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct through the trees

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Approaching the trough.

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Fulbourne in mid-air.

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While we were on the aqueduct we got a message that Rupert and Alison on Ben were coming down from Llangollen. As we didn't have time to go further we winded at Trevor as Ben came into sight.

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Ben crossing behind us

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Martin sits dangerously.

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The engine cooling water has a long drop.

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Martin reverts to safety, and catches up on editing Navvies.

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Approaching Chirk Tunnel I see that the stones of the canal wall appear to be old tramroad sleeper blocks.

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