Whitby Locks Lighthouse
Just outside the actual boat museum is this lighthouse which guided boats into the Shropshire Union Canal's dock complex from the River Mersey. It was designed and built by Thomas Telford, the renowned canal and civil engineer, in 1829. It operated successfully until the Manchester Ship Canal reached Ellesmere Port in 1891. The Ship Canal cut off the direct access to the Mersey at Ellesmere Port (although access locks were built opposite the dock entrance) and the lighthouse became redundant. It is now a listed building and is situated on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal adjacent to the Boat Museum's lower basin.
Just before the entrance to the museum is this canal trail. Didn't walk all the way to Chester just a short way, not all that attractive really and unfortunately litter strewn :-((
- Hiking and Walking
Well not really a cruise but it can be fascinating watching the big ships entering the docks and up the canal to the Oil Refinery.
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