On Sunday, shortly after we left Goldstone Wharf, we entered the secluded world of Woodseaves Cutting. It is a long deep and narrow cutting that is heavily wooded. It was evidently difficult to construct and from the numerous landslips and rock falls we saw it appears difficult to maintain.

Woodseaves Cutting Southern End

Bridge over Woodseaves Cutting

Slope Stabilisation using geotextile

Bridge over Woodseaves Cutting

Icicles and Ferns, Woodseaves Cutting

Tyrley locks, which are close to the northern end of the cutting are delightfully set in a shallow cutting. With the sun shining through the branches of the tress (no sign of leaves yet) it looked picturesque.

Tyrley Top Lock

House at Tyrley Top Lock

Tyrley Locks

Market Drayton appeared quite busy with most of the town’s visitor moorings were occupied.

Market Drayton

We soon got to Adderley Locks and had a pause for lunch. The lock-side farm shop stall provided us with eggs and a lemon drizzle cake. Like nearly all the locks on this section the Adderley Locks are quiet and secluded. Although it was cold the sun made the process of locking down the flight pleasurable.

The final flight of locks was the fifteen at Audlem. At the top lock a local man was sitting on a bench and enjoying the wonderful view across the countryside. It was one of his favourite spots and we could see why.

Kinnings helping us down Audlem Flight


Strong by wash flows Audlem Flight

Shroppie Fly, Audlem

Audlem Mill

River Weaver from embankment moorings

As we worked down the flight we were met by our friends the Kinnings who helped us lock down to Audlem. They had moved their boat Blue Pearl to the bottom of the flight so we could moor up next to each other before continuing our journey to Llangollen together. The Kinnings chose a mooring with great views across the valley of the River Weaver.