Shardlow Lock Cottage, on the Trent& Mersey Canal, Shardlow, Derbyshire
A bonus day today…. well, I say that, as after the torrential rains, we woke to bright sunshine and a clear blue sky…. a day too good to be wasted.
We headed off for a walk along the Trent & Mersey Canal. Our start point was at Shardlow. Now a quiet village, but once upon a time, from about the late 1780’s, it became a busy transport hub on the newly constructed link between the River Trent and the River Mersey. This link brought the industrial North and ultimately Liverpool and its sea going port (passing on its way the Potteries and Coal Fields of the Midlands) all became within relatively easy reach by boat.
Its legacy is not just an easy going Canalside walk, surrounded by South Derbyshire countryside, but Warehouses, Traders Houses and Boat Yards, all making it a great Heritage walk.
It is also fun reading the names given to many of today’s narrowboats.
These two perhaps reflecting some of my recent moods!….
A chilly but relaxing sunny walk…. and a contribution to Beckys #WalkingSquares
The forecast isn’t brilliant for the weekend ahead, so this may well have been a real Bonus Day.
Have a good weekend and whatever you have planned, as always….
Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other
(C) David Oakes 2022