A very early start today, ropes of at 07.00am to make the trip through Ashton and Stalybridge and up the Huddersfield Narrow Canal to a safe overnight mooring location.
Far too early start to the day for Claire and Rufus who stayed in bed whist we travelled. Sue had taken Rufus fort walkies at 07.00am but he went back to bed when he got back on the boat!!!
An office building at the side of the canal which is trying have an upmarket address by calling itself “Riverside” instead of “canal”. Don’t they know where they are????
Cabin cruiser for sale-1 careful owner, slight water damage.
This view is within a few hundred yards of the centre of Ashton under Lyme, belying the town’s true nature.
Approaching the end of the Peak Forest Canal
Portland Street Basin with the museum ahead, and the wooden boat trust’s collection of slowly decaying boats.
One hopes that they will be restored one day but it will be an immense task. Thanks Chris for casting us adrift 2 years ago. (see Watewrways World letter page October 2006)
Underneath ASDA’s supermarket.
The inauspicious start of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal
The terrible hydraulic lock gate and paddle gear at lock 1W.
It was here on the first official trip back in the 1980’s that the hydraulics failed with the official party of dignitaries of board. What a shame!!!!. They should have used proper manual operated gear. Much safer and easier to use (if kept in good repair).
Aircraft pass overhead every minute or so on their final approach to Manchester Airport. You first notice them on the Macclesfield canal.
The centre of Stalybridge. A fine place in the day but not recommended for overnight moorings due to the local yobs. We have heard from boaters who had stayed there about calling the police out and being cast adrift. Pity because otherwise it would be a great place to stay.
Associations with Armentieres are clearly evident.
A burnt out narrowboat is still lying just above Lock 7W at Stalybridge. Note how the fire has badly distorted the steel cabin sides.
Scout Tunnel - The “other tunnel” on the Huddersfield Narrow.
Although only a short tunnel the interior is a foretaste of what is to come in Standedge with a mixture of natural stone and brick roof and walls. Note the towpath that is still in use.
This bridge plaque looks like it has been there for a long time.
In fact it was screwed into place by these BW guys 2 minutes ago. We had to wait for them to finish their work before entering the lock.
Not much progress at the Frenches Marina development since we passed in June
We continued up to Uppermill and moored by the museum and trip boat. 18 miles, 21 locks, and 9 hours after setting of at the bottom of the Marple locks. We immediately set out to celebrate our arrival at the Grandy Arms, Wagon and Horses, and Commercial pubs (we somehow missed the Hare and Hounds) before heading for the chip shop and collapsing back at the boat