Leaving at our normal time we seemed to meet loads of boats coming towards us. The weather wasn’t too bad but could have been a tad warmer.
We passed a chap repainting the black on the side of his hull, he had moored on a weir which was about 2” above the water and was standing down inside the weir so that his gunwale was just about at chest height.
At Higher Poynton the canal broadens out into another wide flash, but like so many, stray to far over and you will be high and dry as the water is very shallow, in this case there are a row of posts to remind you where you should be.
Its strange up we were now in entering the land of quite large marinas, we had not seen any at all for some time and now we have Lyme View Marina, Braidbar Boats, New Mills Marina and Furness Vale Marina all within a few miles of each other.
After passing another fine mill at Marple, The GOYT Mill we stopped for water just before the junction with the Peak Forest Canal,
Not long after this it started raining, very light at first but then good heavy steady rain, probably for the final hour. Our destination for tonight was Bugsworth Basin and we were hoping there would be room for us as it can be a popular spot, probably more so at the weekend, but tonight there are probably 18 of us moored here at the moment. The basin consists of several arms and bends so you keep finding boats and spaces as you walk around. After the rain finally stopped we went for a quick walk round and there is a very nice 3D model of the basin and old lime kilns showing how it use to be.
14 miles, I lift bridge, 2 swing bridges 2 junctions in 7 hours