Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Beeston Locks

Yesterday the rain held off until later in the day giving us time to enjoy cruising our way through the rural landscape of the Cheshire plain.  You know the scenery is beautiful when a bench along the tow path is positioned NOT to give you a view of the canal but instead to allow you to contemplate the pastoral beauty of the undulating hills of the surrounding countryside.  The views are picture postcard beautiful.

We then did the two Beeston locks:  one with stone walls that will accommodate two narrow boats at a time and the next with iron plate walls (because of the unstable nature of the earth in that area) that make the lock just that much smaller that only one boat can go through at a time.  We transversed these locks with another boat so there was help with the paddles and gates, always appreciated.

Off to the side of the canal were the medieval ruins of Beeston Castle standing on an outcropping of rock 500 feet above the Cheshire plain.  Built i n 1225 by a long ago Earl of Cheshire, it is easy to see why this site was chosen for a fortification.  No sneaking up on them unawares.

To enter the beautiful city of Chester you must make your way through a series of five locks.    You end up right in the city center.  That is today's project.

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