Ascending the Diggle Flight
Geoffrey Dickens Lock (32W) is one of the 2 highest locks in the country. The other one is at the other end of the tunnel in Marsden (lock 42E)
Rufus plays in the low kevel of the summit by the lock bywash. This was to become significant for the tunnel trip (see next blog post)
Approaching the Diggle End tunnel portal
Waiting for the off
The BW staff gathers.
Have a smoke and a natter
Measuring up and putting a rubber sheet on the front of the boat. They used to cover the entire boat but the rubber sheets have been lost in the tunnel and budget constraints do not apparently allow for new ones to be bought. Meanwhile boats are more likely to be damaged in the tunnel as they do not fend the boats off the walls anymore due to Health and safety reasons