Monday, 18 March 2013


We woke up this morning to brilliant sunshine … so let’s go!

Looking back at last night’s mooring as we left just after 10:30

Unspoilt by Progress and …

… butty Tewkesbury moored near Watery Lane Aqueduct

Bridge 77 Peel Lane is a roving, turnover or snail bridge where the towpath changes sides - it would have enabled the boat to cruise through the bridge without unhitching the horse …

… and from the ‘other’ side of the bridge
We stopped at Congleton Wharf to take advantage of the local Spar Shop for essentials.  These old warehouse buildings are now appartments

Motor butty on the visitor moorings - note the improvised tiller

Crossing Watery Lane Aqueduct

Swan on its nest …

… gives us a dirty look as we pass!

Just a short distance is Morris Bridge another turnover bridge - beautiful

And then we come across this mess of bridges ...

… railway, flyover, local road, pipe and canal bridges!

Local advertising pays!

Macclesfield Mile Stone
The canal continues on a high embankment over a narrow valley

Wow … I could definitely live there!

The railway viaduct across the valley to the west ...

… and more countryside to the east too

Looking back across the aqueduct - it would have been a fantastic place to moor in the sunshine with its 360 degree views but the height … I don’t do heights!

The Cloud Fell - 1000 feet high and topped with the remains of ancient earthworks

Gaileys Bridge - we’ll stop at the water points soon to top-up the tank

Ooh, that sky is looking ominous!

Stanleys Bridge and it’s raining so we pulled over and moored up …

… with that Cloud looming over us!

A brilliant days cruising in the warm sunshine, lovely bridges and scenery - I really think we’re going to enjoy the Macclesfield Canal.

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