Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Sandiacre to Ilkeston

Easter Cruise day 6, 6th April 2013

At Sandiacre there is a junction with the now derelict Derby Canal.

A short time earlier we saw our first ducklings of the year.

On the outskirts of Ilkeston, on the bridge by Gallows Inn Lock, is a plaque commemorating the bicentenary of the opening of the Erewash Canal in 1779. The plaque was unveiled on 26th May 1979 by Sir Frank Price, who was then chairman of the British Waterways Board.

And this is Shadow under the bridge waiting for the lock to empty. The graffiti is appropriate, given my cruising guide of choice.

Our destination today was Barker's Lock, where our friends Alan and Hazel had a lovely canalside house with offline moorings and a boatfitting business.

I say "had" as, although they were still there, they were in the middle of moving. That night we had an excellent curry in the Shah Jahan restaurant.

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