Saturday, 14 May 2011

Bosley to the Middle of Nowhere…

(This is yesterday’s blog (Friday) only able to upload today when Blogger came back on line.)

We awoke to sunshine this morning, the first we’ve seen for days, and we set off for Bosley Locks.  After watering and loo-ing we were on our way.  This is yet another flight of locks in a beautiful setting.  They are probably the easiest dozen locks we have worked for a long while.  The first few were against us, as per usual, but we soon met a stream of boats coming up the locks, so from lock 4 they were all in our favour, with lots of gates left open for us.  Easily turned paddle gear and well balanced gates added to the pleasure.  By the time we were at the bottom of the flight, in record time, the clouds had come over again, but at least we stayed dry.  We continued on through Congleton to moor in the middle of nowhere, just past Bridge 80!  There are no villages nearby, the nearest ‘feature’ is Watery Lane Aqueduct just ahead of us.

SDC10635Just waiting for me to fill Lock No 2 or was it 3?

SDC10636Almost half-way – still bright but becoming more cloudy

SDC10639‘The Cloud’ dominates the horizon – 1126ft above sea level, and 700 ft above the level of the canal

SDC10640Crossley Hall

SDC10641Approaching Congleton

SDC10642Three bridges close together, 74, 75 and 76, and all at different angles to the canal

SDC10644Congleton Wharf – now apartments

SDC10646Tonight’s mooring, and maybe tomorrow’s as well, if the weather forecast is anything to go by!

SDC10647Peaceful view from our side hatch this evening

7.7 miles and 12 locks

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