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Breach on the Trent and Mersey Canal (12 mile stretch) - check your geocaches!


aliandtone
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As a result of the recent breach, Canal & River Trust has had to close a 12-mile stretch to navigation while they carry out the massive repairs necessary to secure the canal. Canal breaches are exceptionally rare, although they are extremely expensive to fix and the repair bill for the damage on the Trent & Mersey Canal is estimated at £1.5 million. An emergency appeal has been launched to help repair the damage.

 

If you have any geocaches along this route...they may be gone :-(

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There is only one cache nearby to the breach which is around 50m from the breach location - Dutton View,

 

The towpath has only been washed away on a 20m wide section and the fields down below have been flooded down to the river weaver.

 

well worth a walk along the towpath to have a look, quite spectacular what the water can do.

 

The section of canal between dutton lock/ preston brook tunnel and anderton is cut into the ide of the river weaver valley and has breached a few times over the years, the last time i remember was on the other side of Bartington by Little legh in 1980 i think and it also slipped at the approach to anderton boat lift in 2001 as well.

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