On a lovely day, which was mild for the time of the year, nine walkers from Whitley WI started from the Leigh Arms to venture along the River Weaver and back along the Trent and Mersey Canal. The sun shone above with very little wind giving us wonderful reflections of the river. The leaves on the trees were still very green with only a few beginning to change colour and there was a bountiful crop of acorns carpeting the pathway. We walked for just under a mile intending to turn right at a signpost to Dutton when a fellow walker who was passing by suggested we did a slight detour and go and see the Dutton Locks hydroelectric plant which we did. We were very impressed as we watched the water passing through an Archimedean screw adjacent to the sluice gate on the southern bank of the river, with flow controlled by an automatic sluice gate. The Hydro scheme has a total installed capacity of 200W, generating approx 900m Watts/Year of renewable energy, saving 514 tonnes of CO2 per year. We also saw a bank of wooden sleepers which looked like very large railway sleepers which we were informed that during very heavy rain can be used to divert the flow of water hopefully avoiding flooding in the surrounding areas especially Northwich which has been happening over recent years.
After watching the operations of the hydroelectric plant for a short time we re-traced our steps turning left at the signpost and went on our way up the slope to the bridge and then down onto the canal turning right along the tow path for three quarters of a mile. We came across quite a few narrow boats that were occupied and you could see that they must have had a great time with their BBQ this summer. When we got to bridge 210 we turned right up a slope away from the canal turning left at the bottom then a further right until we came to the road. We carried on along the path till we met the River Weaver again then left under the swing bridge up a path on the left back to the Leigh Arms. We had a lovely meal with great hospitality after a very nice and informative walk.
This was a great day out… THANK YOU ANN

EXTRA REFLECTION from Jean… Magnificent Thank You

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