Made it up the Erewash Canal to Langley Mill baisin. Lovely trip! We don’t know why we were warned how terrible it is – ie canal full of rubbish, having to clear the prop every few yards and Ilkeston being a battle zone with the local kids?
There was a little bit of rubbish in a couple of spots, but much less than the Huddersfield or the Birmingham Navigations. In fact it is a really scenic canal, except perhaps in one or two of the more industrial areas. Everyone we met on our way up the canal and in the baisin has been really friendly. Mind you we did time our trip to fit with the school day, so we havent met the under 16s yet.
Three lovely old working boats in the baisin, a motor with a wooden hull and another old butty – recently replated. Will investigate further tomorrow as a “hole in the water” (old historic boat) is just what we need in which to pour our hard earned cash.
Good to catch up with my brother David and family who live a mile up the hill from Langley Mill. Thanks for the all the broad band computer time to upload the photos David. Taking Mum and Dad with us on our trip back down the Erewash to Trent Lock. Will light the stove to keep Mum warm, as the mornings are definitely getting autumnal and a bit nippy.