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Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.


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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Beeston to Shardlow.

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Travelled 8.33 miles, worked 5 locks in a time of 3 hours 55 minutes.

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We left Beeston at 9.00 am.

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Up through Beeston Lock and onward for our last leg of the River Trent and along the Cranfleet Cut.

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2nd Beeston Sea Cadets Island.

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Ratcliffe Power Station.

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Leaving Trent Lock.

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We arrived at the junction at 11.00 am and headed on towards the Trent and Mersey (Motorway). We had such a wonderful time on the River Trent and have said we will definitely be going back again.

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Sawley Lock.

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With no lock keeper on, I was in charge of working the lock. C&RT key inserted into the box, buttons pressed and we were soon on our way.

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Passed Sawley Marina and on to the second of the Sawley locks which is a flood lock.

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Under the M1 motorway bridge.

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Trent and Mersey ahead.

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Both Keith and I were still finding it hard to remember any of our 2009 trip. As we came into Shardlow, I did recall The Malt Shovel, not because we drank there, but because there was a trading boat moored right on the bend to get the trade from the pubs. There was no room on the 48 hour moorings, so we had to go up through Shardlow Lock.

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Below the lock is the Heritage Centre and the 18th Century Trent Mill.

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Shardlow Lock Cottage.

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We moored up above the lock and had some lunch.

After lunch we had a walk around the village, which is very pretty with some historic houses and warehouses, so well worth a look.

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