Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Wednesday 18th April, 2012
After sitting tight at the eastern end of Foulridge Tunnel yesterday we decided to try and get going today in the hope that the weather man hadn't got it too right. The forecast was for the weather to deteriorate during the day so we got up a bit earlier than usual and set off for the tunnel entrance at about 8.00 o'clock.
Arriving at the entrance at about 8.15 we found the lights red, as one always does, and settled down to await the green lights. Just our luck, there are no indications on any signs or clues in the canal books as to the timings of these lights and it seems we must have just missed them because they didn't go green until 9.00 o'clock.
The passage took us about 20 minutes, and the weather looked decidedly dull when we emerged at the western portal.
Carrying on along the top pound we stopped at Barrowford Top Lock where there is water and elsan disposal. Just as the water tank was coming up to full it started to drizzle and didn't look like it was going to improve so we decided to call it day and have now moored up here, with what would be great views over Barrowford Reservoir, which isn't looking too full at present, and the surrounding countryside.
I took a video of our tour through the tunnel with my phone camera, pretty amateurish of course, but it will give an idea.