Friday, 22 June 2012

ONTO THE MACCLESFIELD CANAL

once we had turn round on the caldon we headed back to stoke  we wanted to be there for Thursday as the Halford tours series was in town http://www.tourseries.co.uk/    a fast bike ride round the city



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we left stoke on Saturday heading for the Harecastle Tunnel
as soon as we were out of the tunnel we turned left onto Macclesfield canal 

on Monday we had a walk up Mow cop which has a "castle"on top which was built in 1754 as a summerhouse for Randle Wibraham 1 of Rode hall  nice summer house lovely views  mow cop is 1090ft above sea level  it was quite a hill to climb but worth it




Mow Cop

our boat is down there somewhere
next day we heading for Congleton  once moored up i started to do some fishing  never done it before so was lucky to catch my first fish


this was sunset from our mooring

yes that is the sun


while moor here at congleton we could see "The Cloud" which is a hill 1125ft above sea level 
you get some lovely views from the top   a lot of stone from here was use in the building of the locks and bridges on the macclesfield canal 
The Cloud

looking over to Ellesmere port

Manchester Airport

Snowdon



how for all you boaters out there can you help me on this on    all along the Macclesfield are mile post these are about foot high   we came across  this one  and it had two lots of number on it

on side 3/4 mile

other side 1/2 mile
can someone explain this ?   should it not be 1/4 mile





Monday, 11 June 2012

Caldon Canal

Tuesday we left Etruria and headed up the caldon canal up the staircase locks and then past some potteries one being the famous Emma Bridgewater
Bridgewater pottery view from canal




the caldon canal goes through some lovely countryside




old water works



we went down the leek branch

through leek tunnel

we have seen lots of wildlife on our travels but this is first time we seen a owl



Rain Rain we are having a lot of rain at the moment 

after going to leek we heading back and then down to Cheddleton

this is Hazelhurst Aqueduct which takes the leek branch over the caldon canal


the caldon canal is very close to the River Chrunt which is a very small river more like a brook  and further down they both share same course but as you we have had some rain
oh looks like the river has flooded
saw this old work boats

NB Swallow

old boat looking sad not sure of the name

as we near Cuddleton we see a old flint mill  this is where they used to grind flint down for the pottery industrial

flint mill


two water wheels



crane for loading and unloading boats



grinding wheels

then we saw this garden shed over the canal

not sure what this was

a little further down the canal we came to a lock and the other side of the lock the river had brech it bank and the water was flowing into the canal

over to the left of this photo is the river and the steam railway

this was taken on Saturday
the next photo was taken on Sunday from the train looking back to the lock


the car is near the lock the water level dropped a lot over night

on Saturday we had to go down through the lock to the next winding hole to turn round we waited for couple of hours and then another boat turned up and said it was OK to go down and turn round so we went down 
this is the view from the other side of the lock

this is where the river and canal use same course but could not see where it went

more like a lake





this is the view 24 hours later the lock is in the far distance

this is the canal how it should be
while waiting at the lock we were watching a pair of yellowhammer birds feeding thier young

their nest was in the lock gate


on Sunday we went  on the steam train down to Froghall


Below is link to some more photos of railway


when we got to Froghall station there was a old bus rally we were hoping to see our friends first bus there (cheers Phil )

click the link below for more buses

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