Sunday, May 29, 2011

Br 86 Macclesfield Canal to Engine Lock Caldon Canal

28 May 2011
Miles 8.1 Locks 1 Long Tunnels 1
An early start today as we both were awake by 6am so we decided to set off early. After taking on water at Hall Green we carried on to the North end of Harecastle Tunnel where we were told that there would be a wait of about 40 mins for the northbound passage to emerge. Almost spot on time the tunnel was ready and we set off only to get a fisherman's keep net round the prop before we had even entered the tunnel. Quick work down the weed hatch and we were away loosing two places in the southbound convoy. The passage went smoothly but it was raining quite hard as we emerged from the southern portal. A quick scramble into our wet weather gear was rewarded by the rain stopping and we moored up close to the Toby Restaurant at China Gardens. Pictures tonight are of our mooring at Bridge 86 on the Macc with Mo Cop in the background and the northern end of the Harecastle Tunnel.

29 May 2011

Miles 6.5 Locks 4
Another relatively short day but not without incedent. I had to clear the bottom lock of the Bedford St staircase of 3 ducklings before we could use the lock, I also took the oportunity to take down the chimney in anticipation of the low bridges just before the Ivy House lift bridge, it turned pout to be unnecessary we got through with plenty of clearence. Down the weedhatch once again as we pulled up at the lift bridge - this time a piece of someone's zipper jacket.

Todays pic is of the lift bridge above Engine lock on the Caldon.

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