My last post that was embarrassingly on 23rd May, now the 21st July, found us half way up the
Since then we’ve finished it off, done the Macclesfield Canal Peak
Canal, up as far as lock 23W on the Huddersfield Narrow
Canal, the Ashton
Canal, a bit of the e’re now on
the lock free Bridgewater Canal that runs between Manchester and Runcorn. Having, lock wise, done the Marple 16, 23 of the Huddersfield (both ways making 46) the Ashton 18 and Rochdale Canal and w Rochdale 9 I think
my primary lock crew (AKA Nicky) will be happy although it does help firm up
the floppy bits. . . . .
Anyway, quick run through of what we’ve been up to these last eight weeks to bring you up to date.
One of the Roving Bridges or Snake Bridges that there are quite a few of on the Macclesfield Canal that in the old days (yes even earlier than when Nicky was born) enabled the horse pulling the barge to cross over to the tow path on the other side of the canal without having to be un-hitched that would have to be done with normal bridges.
As we enjoy our walks, especially those with an added purpose, we couldn’t not pay a visit to White Nancy that’s situated above Bollington on the Macclesfield Canal. Not as far to walk as ‘The Cloud’ as in my previous post, but good nonetheless. The picture on the left shows it in the distance and on the right as it is up there.
Not that I’m planning to take a dip in a canal anytime soon, but should I get the urge, then I’ll certainly be wearing some footwear.
Moving onto the Peak Canal where we stayed at Bugsworth Basin for what turned out to be some four weeks in the end, three of which I was by myself as Nicky had to go home as her father wasn’t well. All well and good now though and he is on the mend. Solar Panels did their job again as I only ran the engine for one hour during this period to move the boat. We’ve averaged a saving of £80 a month on fuel since we left the marina at the end of January so still pretty chuffed with our investment.
Picture of us moored in one of the basins at Bugsworth Basin and the Boy’s on one of their walks with me when we were ‘home alone’.
Nicky’s back now along with Az and Emma, who are with us for two weeks and encountering their first lift bridges.
Benji’s happy too as he’s now got a choice of laps to clamber up onto.
There isn’t much weight to Emma and some of the locks we’ve encountered certainly haven’t been the particularly lightest or easiest to do by a long way, but she still gave it a go, even if the leaky doors were filling up the lock quicker than she was emptying it sometimes!
Forget exactly where we were when we took this photo on the
The girls walking, well girl and middle aged lady to be more correct I suppose, walking between the locks and the Boys wishing they were there.
And after a hard day, what does one do, that’s right you start to fish whilst waiting for Nicky to finish taking photo’s and get me a cold beer.
Moored up for a few days above lock 23W on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and luckily only encountered one shallow pound that saw us run aground a few times, but it was reported that it was bad further up although we’d heard this before hand and decided not to go any further than we did. Took a walk up as far as the Standedge Tunnel that’ll have to wait for another time.
Here are the boys, yes they’re both there doing their synchronised drinking routine on a hot day with the gated entrance to the Standedge tunnel in the background.
Stopped on the gated side of
And finally, the low light of our visit to
The Etihad stadium, home of
City (AKA The other team in ) Manchester
And the highlight of our visit to
Yes you’ve got it, Old Trafford, The Theatre of Dreams, home of Manchester United and THE team in
Our final stop in
was at Castle Quays at Castlefield where there’s a nice little arm off the
canal. As we turned in I was wondering if it was going to be such a good idea
as it seemed like it might be a bit of a noisy area, but it turned out to be
fine other than a few late night conversations by those who had to shout to be
heard in the silence of midnight. Unfortunately out of a long row of possible
benches, the one outside our bedroom porthole was the one of choice last night
and whilst they were speaking English I could barely understand a word they
were saying what with the Manchester or northern dialect whatever it’s called. We also came across a water and Elsan point, that wasn't in our Nicolsons guide, between bridges 100a and 100b. It's a small brick building with just a chalk sign saying 'Sanitary Station Open' so I assume it must be a fairly new addition. Manchester
Well that’s us now, after a period of being apart, family on holiday and having a few quite days at Castle Quays to recover, where now back to where we prefer to be, that being away from civilisation and doing as little or as much as we want.
Stay tuned and if my New Year’s resolution works then I should be back at the beginning of August !
And so in signing off,
Day273 in the Badger Sett Narrowboat - 461 miles and 242 locks further on from when we started.