|Admiring the view|
At Bugsworth Basin, Falcon is middle boat on the left
Well once again a week has slipped by without me ‘putting pen to paper’. Thursday saw us arriving in Marple. This is basically the end of the Macclesfield Canal as at Marple Junction it joins the Peak Forest Canal. Arriving early afternoon we decided to go for a walk around. Finding the cinema we thought we would go that evening to watch ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’. Well it was a real step back in time. It is quite an old cinema and apart from having had some seats removed so you do have some leg room you could be back in the 70’s. An usher showed us to our seats and there was an interval in the middle of the film when ice cream was sold from a tray on the balcony and only £1 for a sizeable tub. As an added bonus we both enjoyed the film!
On Friday my cousin Dawn and her husband Dave, who live near Manchester came to see us. Can’t remember the last time we saw them, 5 years or more. The weather wasn’t brilliant but we did have a short cruise down and back. We will be seeing more of them whilst we are in the area. Saturday was lovely sunny day and we thought summer had arrived. We moved on to the junction then headed south again on the Peak Forest Canal. In this direction there is only 5 miles of canal, to Whaley Bridge with a branch off to Bugsworth Basin. Sunday unfortunately we woke to rain, which was a shame as Paul’s niece Cheryl was joining us for the day. Anyway by the time she arrived at New Mills the rain had stopped and we cruised with her to Whaley Bridge and back. At the moment we are moored in Bugsworth Basin. It is lovely moorings on the site which is an Ancient Monument. Alongside the moorings are remains of wharehouse buildings and wharfs where lime stone was loaded from wagons from the quarries onto the narrowboats for transport onward. Apart from the nearby A6 it is a beautiful site, full of wildlife.
Tomorrow will probably see us start the journey back towards Marple, so catch you next time.
|Admiring the view|
|Lock 12 done lock 11 coming into view. Only 10 more after that!|
|Nearly at the end|
Well we finally made it on to the Macclesfield Canal yesterday. Came through the Harecastle Tunnel, 2926 yards of it, without mishap (last time travelling in the other direction Paul lost his hat that he bought in New Zealand!). It was only a short cruise from our mooring on the Caldon, but we did make an overnight stop by Westport Lake. A pretty spot with lots of water birds, we had a walk all around the lake. This morning a mother duck swam by with we think 16 ducklings. So tiny and cute! It was difficult to count them as they didn’t keep still! Unfortunately the weather isn’t so good today, but I expect we will move on later.
|Finally out in the daylight again|
|Having a good time|
|Built in 2008, you can just see the canal in the background|
|Feed me, feed me now!|