Why Are We Here?

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.

Clare and Bartimaeus at Waterloo Bridge, Runcorn
Clare and Bartimaeus at Waterloo Bridge, Runcorn

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.

View over Mersey Estuary
View from Runcorn Hill over 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.

GITS chiselled in rock
Who You Gonna Call?

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.

Bridges over Manchester Ship Canal and Mersey Estuary
Manchester Ship Canal from the Promenade

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.