I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Sunday 15th April

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic – however we had a nice uneventful day! Stenson Lock is the first of the double locks and they are such hard work after the narrow locks. Not only are the gates really heavy but the paddles are very stiff too. At Swarkstone there are two junctions with disused canals, one was the Derby Canal and the other was a link with the River Trent. The canal runs alongside the Trent for most of this section though the canal is quite a bit higher. Apparently, in 1745, when Bonnie Prince Charlie decided to capture the throne of England this was as far as he got before turning round – it was only 25 years later, in 1770, that construction of the Trent & Mersey Canal began by James Brindley. We stopped for the night at the closest point of the canal and the river and had a lovely view. We were also close to Tarasivka which is a Ukrainian Youth Centre. Back in 1944 several hundred Ukrainian refugees arrived there to escape oppression in their homeland. More recently a number of Ukrainian children lived there after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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