Friday, 8 August 2014

Marple to Bugsworth Basin

Setting off from Maple we turned right at the junction back onto the Peak Forest Canal, this section is know as the Upper Peak. We were treated to fantastic views, the photos really don't do it justice.

We moored up after just a couple of miles near Strines, I was more than happy as we were opposite a field a of my favourite cows, although we didn't see much of them as they were in a huge field with only a small part by the canal.

Continuing our journey a couple of days later we passed by a tree which had fallen across the canal, someone had cut just enough from it to get a boat past.

Then is was past the Swizzel Matlows factory, where I spotted the Love Heart production through some windows.

And another stop off just before Carr Swingbridge, where we had fantastic views from the windows.

Onwards again took us through the swingbridge and past a row of lovely cottages.

And the wonderful views continued.

We carried on down to Whaley Bridge and moored on the long term moorings for the night, there were only two visitor spaces and they were both taken.

We had a wander round Whaley Bridge and yesterday we winded and stopped right outside Tesco to top up the cupboards.

The end of the Peak Forest Canal at Whaley Bridge
It was a right turn down to Bugsworth, first we had to drag another boat back across the canal, it's front rope had come undone and there was no-one on board, the basin was surprising empty, only four other boats in the whole place when we arrived.

Set up for a BBQ in the evening sun

Hot smoked mackerel, potatoes and salad, very yummy

With banana, toffee sauce and cream for pudding
This morning we set off for an early morning walk up to Eccles Pike, which was about five miles in total, but seemed a lot more as it was really hilly, we were back at LJ by 10:15 ready for a well earned cup of tea and some Welsh Cakes.

Crossing the A6, too early for the morning rush hour

Passed by these old fairground rides near a farm

We came across this old lock beam a good few miles from the canal

It was uphill all the way

They have strange looking sheep up here 

7.5 miles 
Total 330.5 miles and 210 locks

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