Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Manchester Wednesday 28 June 2017

Well last night it rained, this morning it rained, this afternoon it rained and its still raining now.

We new we had a good day ahead of us so we set off at 0900 hrs a short way behind the hire boat that was moored directly in front of us. As we rounded Dunkinfield Junction there moored ahead of us was the historic wooden butty "Hazel" Hazel is being run as a well-being break for people with mental or physical problems. DSCF8314

By China Bridge we passed an old boat yard, in the yard was an equally old crane looking in fine fettle.DSCF8315 There was also a great deal of railway memorabilia including a railway signal but maybe its not that old.DSCF8316

A little further on under the M6 motorway bridge, which is more like a tunnel, there is even notices saying which end is nearest in case of emergency, we came across this butty moored up to the off side, it looked as if it had a CRT enforcement notice attached to the tiller.DSCF8318

Manchester is the home of cycling and they are very proud of it as can be seen by this footbridge.DSCF8325

A little further down beside one of the locks for some reason the IWA (Inland Waterways Association) have planted a small vegetable garden, I don't know the reasoning behind it but some one has taken a fancy to at least two of the plants in there.DSCF8326

Some of the graffiti on one of the buildings , to me was quite outstanding, I suspect it was done with the owners consent or even planning.DSCF8327

There is some quite outstanding architecture in Manchester, this one is commonly know as the Lego Building but its true name is The Chip.DSCF8329

Almost next door is a building that leans, it really comes home to you when you look at the side door which is not rectangular but leaning as well like the cladding panels. This is the far building in the photo and it leans back to the left.DSCF8330

We needed to find a mooring in Manchester before we tackle the Rochdale 9 locks tomorrow, we passed some moorings on the leftDSCF8331 because we saw this sign, we were unable to read the small print, I wonder how many visiting boats moor there overnight. However on the towpath side about 50 yard on there is room for three boats our size, luckily there were only two there with a nice Harnser sized gap between them.

I was very surprised the state of the Ashton locks, it all looked very clean and trim, CRT have fitted several new gates and most of the lock paddles are hydraulic so easy to draw. All the lock winding gear is fitted with anti vandal locks and they all work. Some of the locks still have the old steps let into the brick work for just aDSCF8322 toe and finger hold, I think I prefer the steel ladders and one of the looks had leaky walls so you had to watch you didn't get a puddle through the slide as you came out.DSCF8320 There was also a couple of the 18 locks which only had one operational paddle but it was far better than when we came down about 20 years ago when you had to have a British Waterways escort because of the vandalism.

Today's Journeymap 10 6¼ Miles and 18 Locks in 5½ Hours with 2 wet feet as well as everything else.

1 comment:

nb Chance said...

Hi Both, we did see you go through the last lock on the Ashton Canal but were busy decorating as we recently moved into the block that leans back on your blog! We always used to moor in the Picadilly Village basin, you can have more than 24 hours there the residents dont mind the boat just down from there has been there 4 weeks! Enjoy Manchester its a great city! Doug & James