We've done it! We've got to Sheffield, another destination on our big summer cruise. From Northamptonshire we got here via parts or the whole of the following waterways: Grand Union, Stratford, Worcester and Birmingham, Birmingham, Staffs and Worcs, Trent and Mersey, Macclesfield, Peak Forest, Ashton, Rochdale, Calder and Hebble, Aire and Calder, New Junction, and South Yorkshire Navigation (including the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal). We set off from Thrupp Wharf Marina on 16th July, so it has taken us 37 days.
According to CanalPlan that's 299 miles and 330 locks. Our total distance will be slightly more as I didn't include our foray down the Saltisford Arm, nor the backtracking on the Peak Forest Canal to wind after watering up.
What better indication could there be of our proximity to Sheffield than piles of steel bars on the wharf?
I liked the variety of colours and their reflections on this assortment of boats basking in the morning sun.
At Lock 5 there is a plaque commemorating the efforts of the navigation company to keep the waterway open despite the lock being bombed in the war.
1939 - 1945
On the night of December 15th 1940 this lock was severely damaged by enemy action during an air raid on the city.
This plaque is dedicated to the workforce of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Company who strove to keep the waterway open under hazardous and extremely difficult conditions throughout the war.
This railway bridge sits heavily over the canal - but there was plenty of headroom. Lockie Derek took over from Dave for the upper part of the flight.