Thursday, 24 January 2013

A canal and river walk

If you walk a short distance west along the canal from the Anderton Boat Lift, you will come to Barnton Basin:
Carry on along the towpath until you come to the tunnel at the far end:
(photo:joopercoopers)
The path leaves the canal here and takes us up along the length of the tunnel. You could, of course, go by boat
We emerge at the much more secluded Saltersford Basin. Then, just a couple of hundred yards or so further along, we turn left and follow the winding metalled road down to the River Weaver where we come out at Saltersford Locks:
So which of these locations is the one which will appear in my novel as Whitaker's Basin? None of them and all of them. My fictional location is an amalgam of these places. Only Saltersford Locks will be identifiable - and probably named, because this is one of the places where Judith comes trying to piece together Solomon's story. Here, it must have been here, Solomon had the awful accident which brought him ashore and placed him in due course in a canalside beerhouse. There, barely able to write but helped by the parson's daughter, he put to paper the secret story his mother had told of French prisoners of war in Delamere Forest.

Fancy a walk? From Saltersford Locks you can carry on along the river until you come to the swing bridge on the A49. Join the road here and go towards the pub - the Leigh Arms. Between the pub and the house up above it there is a footpath - look closely because it isn't obvious until you have found it. Go along this footpath and to an overgrown bridge over the canal. From here you can walk back along the canal to Anderton. We like to take all day over this walk - but get back in time for coffee at the visitor centre.

4 comments:

lizy-expat-writer said...

Ah, the waterways of England! Friends of ours lived on a narrow-boat for years and I think they probably covered most of England in their travels. Do you know why they call these places "Basin"?

Robert Crompton said...

Why "basin"? Don't really know, Liz, except that this usage dates from the earliest period of the development of the canal network in the 18th century.

Patsy said...

It does look like a good place to take a walk.

Robert Crompton said...

There's lots of great walking here, Patsy. And Delamere Forest camp site is a good place to bring your tent or campervan.