Post for Sunday 17th August.
|Secure overnight mooring at the Telford Basin, Picadilly Village.|
So we got up early, ate breakfast, said goodbye to Richard and Kathy who have been so helpful over the last couple of days, and set off before 8:30. The day started fairly dry, but quickly degenerated into dry patches, interspersed with cold, very windy squalls - probably the aftermath of Hurricane Bertha that is due to hit the UK today.
|Setting off up the Ashton - Our first narrow locks for many days.|
|One of the stgriking new developments|
|Lock 10 failed and closed the canal recently - the new gates need more work!|
|Not obvious, but Alan is stuck solid here, waiting for water to be let down.|
|Does this seriously look like a tunnel where 2-way traffic is possible?|
|The sign says it is!|
At the top we saw our friendly lock keeper again. I told him about the young couple and he said he'd go and find them, he had a few more boats coming up anyway, which would make life a bit easier for them.
Afterwards we boated through windy squalls, until we got to Hyde, where we spent ages trying to moor up - the towpath was mostly concrete, even under the grass - and I went to Aldi. Isn't Aldi a weird supermarket? Ladies cycling gear next to tree loppers and jam. I have a real difficulty telling myself that, no, I really don't need a collection of multi-coloured mixing melamine bowls in a variety of sizes.
|Marple railway viaduct, with the canal aqueduct largely hidden behind.|
We took Odin for a walk under Marple aqueduct and went to get a proper look at the railway viaduct. Although both are impressive, the aqueduict, both lower and shorter, can only be seen in small parts through the railway viaduct arches. Even much of that is obscured by some exceedingly tall trees.
Afterwards we didn't eat curry.
Footnote by Alan, by way of explanation.
Cath was planning to cook a curry, and was convinced she had appropriate sauces bought and ready in the cupboard. She didn't so the curry will have to be another time.
Manchester Picadilly to near Marple Aqueduct
Miles: 13.6 (Chalice), 0 (Sickle), Locks:18
Total Miles: 617.1, Locks: 423