Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The Anglesey Branch

Summer Cruise 2013 – Mon 17th June
Day 13: Moored at Anglesey Basin, at the foot of Chasewater Reservoir
               5.5 miles, 3 hours

We set off around midday in the rain. Passing on tick-over the last of the boats left from the Festival. This Wyrley and Essington lives up to it's nickname of the 'curly' Wyrley as we turned back and forth.

We were followed by an Artic Tern, which swooped about the boat and then dived into the canal – it definitely caught something as we saw it swallow!

We soon arrived at the Birchalls Canal Trust service point and did the water, toilet (for the week) and got rid of the weekend's rubbish. A little after are moorings for Tesco, though the
dredging is poor and we struggled to get in.

The benefit of a supermarket next to the canal is little carrying of the food, so we stocked up for the week ahead.

The last section is fairly rural as we gently edged up the Anglesey Branch through an area that had been full of coal mines.

The canal, which was built in 1800 to provide a water supply, terminates in a large pool where the water runs in from the Chasewater Reservoir above. We surprisingly passed 3 boats coming in and were told there was just 1 mooring spot left – right up by the water inlet.

I explored the area of lowland heathland by having a gentle jog though did go up straight the dam embankment! Good views all round.

Our mooring spot

The water running in

The unusual octaganol valve house – regulating the discharge flow

Looking down form the top of the dam

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