Retrospective post for Monday 4th August.
|These unusualmodern buildings seemed to be housing rather than office space.|
We knew that we would need to cross the Barton Swing Aqueduct, which crosses the Manchester Ship Canal, but we were lucky enough to find it closed when we arrived. We were told that they would be swinging the caisson soon, for the 'Mersey Ferry' to go through. There was remarkably little leakage from the canal, or the caisson, once swung.
|Barton swing aqueduct being opened|
|Then the road bridge is opened|
|"Snowdrop" passes surprisingly fast.|
|Having passed the swung aqueduct it then passes equivalent road bridge.|
|Once swung back, the gates that seal the aqueduct are opened by hand cranking.|
|Followed by the gates that seal the canal|
|Chalice is finally able to cross the Manchester Ship Canal|
|Not strictly the birthplace of English canals, but often said to be.|
|Plank Lane bridge - scope for creating large traffic queues!|
"We aren't doing any at the moment, we are under new management."
"But it says outside that you are."
"No it doesn't."
"Yes," replied Alan, "it does."
"Oh, well, it shouldn't."
The music was loud - it was to my taste, but too loud - the beer was not 'real'. We didn't stay.
After a pleasant walk with Odin we got off to bed early, with the alarms set for 6 am.
Little Bollington to Dover Lock Inn (Bridgewater Canal)
Miles: 22.5 (Chalice), 0 (Sickle), Locks: 0
Total Miles: 431.5, Locks: 200