We decided over drinks last night that we were going to split from Mark and Sian for a couple of days due to the fact we wanted to make the most of a good weather day tomorrow cruising, and they wanted to see more of Congleton.
We set off at 9.30am after the showers had passed in the hope the weather was going to get better.
As it turned out it did, and the sweatshirts came off and we were back in T shirts.
We pulled up outside the Harecastle tunnel and there was only one other boat, and Al went and found the Tunnel Warden, a nice fella who offered us instructions on how to go through with ease.
Due to subsidence Brindley's tunnel had to close, and now with motorised craft the towpath has been removed to make it easier to go through. The third tunnel is a railway tunnel which goes above these two tunnels and is shorter.
This tunnel is still really tight and a lot of concentration is needed to get through without damage. It is over a mile long and gets very low in the middle and you have to duck down through a small section of it, it's takes 40 minutes and its wet.. But we made it.. Phew!
We then got to Twyford Locks where the Caldon canal will have to wait till another day, but we will do it.