No, not Flash Gordon. Our destination today was Winsford Flash, a huge lake created by subsidence from the local salt mining industry.
We set off at 10.00am in company with NB AmyJo towards the first obstacle, Newbridge swing bridge. With headroom of 6ft 4in Steve on AmyJo was a bit unsure, however he squeezed under with a couple of inches to spare. Oakapple, being lower in the water, went under with a foot to spare.
In bright sunshine we cruised on past the huge salt mine at Meadowbank. Opened in 1844 ,This is the only salt mine on mainland UK and provides most of the salt for our winter roads. Several shafts are 200m deep and parts of the mine are used to store sensitive top secret documents and artefacts in the stable temperature and humidity conditions.
On past the 'Red Lion' pub, and we were off the weaver navigation and, as the lockie told us, on our own. The flash is very shallow over most of the area, even though there is a sailing club based there. We only poked our bows in far enough to have a look and turn the boats, before making our way back to the pub to moor up and enjoy a couple of pints in the bar. It was great to cover this last bit to the head of the navigation in company with AmyJo. What with her being a bit tall for the bridge, and us being a bit deep for the flash, it was good to have some support available, even though we didn't expect to need it.
Feeling rather mellow after our pints we cruised back to our moorings at Vale Royal, tackling the low swing bridge with rather more confidence than on the way up.