Our first stop was the Rising sun Pub at Scholar Green again. Brian played guitar once again on the Friday night but this time with the amplifier to save his voice. The pub was busy as usual, drinks were coming from everywhere and both of us became a “little” worse for wear. We left at just before 3 in the morning!!!!
Needless to say we didn’t move on the Saturday. If fact Sue refused to cook so we went back to the pub for a meal and a few drinks but had an early night.
Sunday was bad weather so Brian watched the F1 motor racing on the TV.
Monday dawned a little better, so we cast of and headed north. Approaching Congleton the turnover bridge looks impressive
But Congleton ignores the canal, or does the canal ignore Congleton as it makes a wide detour to the east to avoid it. This is the closest view of Congleton by the railway station (off the left of the photo.
Soon past, the valley opens out to good scenery once again.
At the bottom of Bosley locks we met Shepherd’s Rest that had a broken engine. The 1940 Lister CE2 broke the crankshaft but they had to bowl haul it to the top of the lock flight to turn around and then bow haul it all the way down the 12 locks again.
A friend was waiting with a tug boat to tow him back to Stafford for repairs. He reckons a £7000.00 bill to put it right, IF he can find a new crank!!!! Hisa hom,e moorimng is Glouster which is a very long away. Lets hope he gets it sorted.
Entering Bosley bottom lock with the huge stone blocks.
Someone’s put bubble bath in the lock here!!!!
The Macclesfield Canal mile posts are like headstones, but most have now eroded so bad they are unreadable
Here’s one you can just make out.
Top of Bosley Locks with BW services was reached in 1hour 45 minutes from the bottom lock. We’re now on the upper Macc that is level all the way to Marple