Saturday, 24 June 2017

Hawk Green Saturday 24 June 2017

Today we had a plan, some of it worked and some didn't. First to visit the marina for a pump out and then to Poynton to visit the Anson Engine Museum and the Nelson's Pit visitor centre.

Things started well, I winded the boat and went across to the other side for a pump out, I had to wait a short while as James was just seeing a party off in the day boat. once the tank was emptied we topped up with diesel at 69p/lt base price. We then winded again and continued on our journey.DSCF8247

It was a bit warmer than yesterday and the sun did peep out now and again. Clarence Mill in Bollington is quite a spectacular building and the smells coming from the cafe were quite tempting as we passed.DSCF8248

We moored just before bridge 15 at Poynton and had lunch, I also when on line to check the opening times of the places we wanted to visit. It was then that I discovered this year the Museum is only open Friday and Sunday, we had a 2016 leaflet and then it was Friday to Sunday, however the visitor centre is open 364 days a year, but its nothing more than a single room with interpretation boards on the back of the public toilet block so that visit lasted about 5 minutes.

When we returned to the boat it was a bit more overcast and felt like rain was coming soon so we pushed off. At one set of moorings there is a fine collection of old tools as well as 3 tractors, one being used to transport the others.DSCF8250

We wanted to stop before Marple Junction so when we saw a space on the straight piling just before bridge 5 at Hawk Green we pulled for the night. We had hardly finished tying up when it started to lightly rain.

Today's Journey map 067¼ miles in 3¾ hours with no locks

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