The main motive for turning at the junction to Runcorn was to add it to our list of Silver Propellor locations. Many of the previous locations we visited were difficult to get to. In many cases the water was very shallow or otherwise difficult to navigate. By contrast getting to the terminus in Runcorn was easy. Even the winding at the end was simple, the canal was at least one and a half boat lengths wide.
We stopped at the visitor moorings outside the Brindley Theatre and went for an explore. At the top of Runcorn Hill we had views over the Mersey Estuary.
An inscription on the rock celebrated my erstwhile colleagues – the Geosciences IT Support Team. I didn’t know the University of Edinburgh had a Runcorn campus.
Back in the centre, I followed signs for the Promenade. This turned out to have a view of the bridges over the Estuary. If you look carefully you can see that the water in the foreground is the Manchester Ship Canal, separated from the (tidal) estuary by a wall.
We returned to last night’s mooring spot after lunch to explore further. I had thought the four mile detour might occupy us for a couple of hours, but Runcorn has entertained us for two days.