In general, hire boat companies have a good reputation for their boats being mechanically sound. Occasionally, a breakdown does occur, but they usually have an engineer out quickly.
The rain gets everyone down!
Sunset and rain!
This is one of the original covered wharves at which the working boats docked. This one, at Knighton on the Shropshire Union Canal, was owned by Cadbury's (the chocolate people) and was where chocolate crumb was loaded for transport to their Bourneville works.
The Anderton lift takes boat vertically the 500ft between the River Weaver and the T&M Canal. This photo was taken after the restoration of the lift, when the counter-balance mechanism was removed from the top, and it was returned to its original hydrostatic balancing.
The weights from the mechanism have been used to create a maze for children.
Worsley could be considered to be the birthplace of the canal system as we know it. The entrance to the Duke of Bridgewater's mine complex is on the right of the mock-Tudor building in the left picture.
The crane was used to handle the planks used to shut off water in case of breach in canal wall.
Football gets everywhere - even on a quiet canal holiday!!!
This building was constructed to accommodate the canal - for a change, they couldn't fill it in (as the canal was privately owned)!
Graffiti actually has a place!
The size of this ASDA meant that a new 'tunnel' had to be built (Huddersfield Narrow Canal).
The old warehouse now houses a museum of canal life.
The old and the new means of transport - but which is which?
Privet house canalside by bridge 20 on Upper Peak Forest Canal
Bridges are usually hand operated - this one had flashing lights on!