We put aside the chores this morning in favour of enjoying the sunshine, as we still hadn’t seen the magnificent views from the top of the cage at Lyme Park
We chose a longer route than usual going through Ryles wood towards the main park gate on the A6.
We gained a bit of relief from the steady incline by turning around to gaze at the view, looking towards Bollinghurst reservoir.
The Cage was built as a hunting lodge and banqueting hall in the 16th century. It later became a prison for poachers. We weren’t able to look inside.
We couldn’t help but turn back for another look at the cage as we continued onwards towards the house.
The house was closed for the winter and there were a number of vans parked outside so no photos of the great house yet, but I believe it was used in the filming of the BBC’s production of Pride and Prejudice.
The cafe was open and the NT knows how to make good soup so we had an early lunch before our final decent back home
Today we ran out of water, quite deliberately, as we wanted to measure the tank capacity and get a feel for how the water gauge relates to the amount of water we have left.
Our water tank is in what is usually the Gas Locker. For none boaters that is the very bow of the boat. This means it has a complicated shape which is small at the bottom and large at the top.
As we filled the tank I measured the voltage from the water sensor every 5 minutes and noted how full the tank gauge read.
It turns out that when the gauge says we are half full we are in reality a quarter full, and when the gauge reads a quarter full we are very close to completely empty. To give you an idea of how extreme this is, the gauge read nearly a quarter full after filling for 5 minutes but it took 1 hour and 50 minutes to fill the tank.
This graph illustrates how quickly we run out of water once the gauge shows a quarter left.
Of course, the aim is never to run out of water, so todays measurements will help us manage our water supply and to plan when we stop at water points to take on more water.
Water points are distributed along the canals and clearly marked on canal maps. As we intend to continuously cruise (move on every few days) we should be passing water points every few days as we go.