|Dry spillway at Sparth Reservoir
|The canal at Sparth
The River Colne runs beside the canal nearly all the way – you can hear the water bubbling its way down and every now again you can hear it making a slightly louder noise as it falls over a weir. Sadly the only photo I took of this part of the canal is very poor and not good enough for the blog. At Lock 31E there is a winding hole and mooring – as there is a boat tied up pretty close to the bank I guess you can get alongside there. Just below Lock 32E there is, what looks like, a large concrete staircase – this is supposed to have water pouring down it from Sparth Reservoir but, as you can see from the photo, it is practically empty.
There isn’t much space between the locks on the flight and in fact some pounds are so short they were built circular to hold enough water.
|View over Marsden
|Gongoozlers at Lock 42E
Richard and Jim walked down to the tunnel to see if there was any chance of us going through tomorrow but the C&RT people on duty were from the leisure division and couldn’t help us at all! We decided to ask again in the morning when the tunnel people came on duty.
Once again we had planned to have a barbecue but with a busy towpath beside us I ended up cooking everything in the oven!
Slaithwaite to above Marsden Visitors Moorings 42E2.77 miles