We had three blogger's gifts in only three miles today.
Although I have seen the Dry Stone Walling Association training school before I don't think I have photos, so on this bright sunny day I was able to get some decent shots.
We have walked on the canal bank before and over the Stainton Beck aqueduct, but today from the road we came across a notice forbidding access because of repair and restoration work. The aqueduct was damaged by a "seven foot wall of water" by Storm Desmond in 2015 - see a short well written account of all this from the Westmorland Gazette - CLICK HERE
Further on we were able to see the ongoing work and get a zoom shot, but there are much better close up photos on the link shown above.
Just after the aqueduct this section of the Lancaster Canal terminates at Stainton Bridge as a navigable waterway, but note: going back four kilometres the other way the canal is blocked again by the M6 motorway. From Stainton Bridge the Lancaster Canal Trust is involved with restoration, hopefully to the original terminus in Kendal. There is all sorts of information on their website:
I have gleaned the following to include here.
Canal & River Trust has recently announced that due to the problems encountered by the contractors work on the aqueduct is not expected to be
completed until October. Lancaster Canal Trust is disappointed but understand the difficulties of the work and conditions.
and: - read only if you are really interested in the details of restoration.
Dates: For the second time this year, starting this Saturday, 2nd March, a Waterways Recovery Group from the Northwest will be joining us, this time for a week.
Lengths 5 and the newly laid length 6 of the rubber liner has now been joined and sealed and is ready to be‘pulled out’, another layer of geotexile laid over it and finished with blocks. The pumps have been kept running over the previous days so it should be fairly dry.
The contractors Wilson’s have cleared out the accumulated piles of material from just before B172 and finished‘profiling’ the banks the same as with the rest of the FF. They have taken away some 7 lorry loads of material but the very wet mud from the bed, referred to by the technical name ‘sloppy stuff’, which couldn’t be moved by lorry has been pulled up underneath Br 172.
An early task will be to move this material from under the bridge and onto the car park from where it will be picked up by a local contractor and carted away. A 5 ton digger and a dumper have been hired to do this work and to re-instate the ramp down from the car park to the canal bed so that a telehandler can move the final load of blocks, which will be delivered later in the week, down onto the 6th length.
If all goes according to plan (and why shouldn’t it!) it should be possible to clear the final length as far as the access ramp of significant stones and minor profile deficiencies and lay out the last of the liners.
Sealing the lining under Br 173 and along the wash walls with puddling clay is a further task as is back filling the profiled lengths once the liner is up to the correct height along the banks.
|Click photo to enlarge|
|Blackthorn in blossom|
|Field End Bridge - lots of water coming down|
|Stainton aqueduct under repair and restoration - see better photos from Westmorland Gazette link above.|
|The start of restoration west from Stainton Bridge. We walked just a little further than you can see|
|Looking back down our route from Stainton Bridge and the current terminus of navigation|
|Sellet Hall bridge - as far as we went, and current limit of restoration|
|Our route there and back|