A slight unpleasantness at the moorings as the boat behind started his engine at 8 pm and at 10pm I went and asked him how long he intended to carry on running it, an hour or two was not the answer I was looking for and he begrudgingly turned it off. He was in no better mode when we left this morning.
It was a lovely sunny morning as we made our way along the Bridgewater to the second Waters Meeting on the system where we turned left, passing the Kellogg's factory, boy did it stink, to moor for the night outside the Trafford Centre. There was no one here when we arrived but we have been joined by a couple of boats now.
Passing Hesford Marine they have lots of new boats, both wide and Narrow in grey primer and ready to fit out. Some in the water and others on hard standing.
We saw our second lot of Cygnets along here, I think there were 8 of them but they didn’t keep still.
As we approached Altrincham we came upon a grope of well behaved kids in canoes with two adults.They all got tightly on the side while we passed them, what a lovely morning that had for their activates.
The front wall of the Linotype works has now been incorporated into the end of a long terrace of houses. For a long time just the wall stood there supported by scaffolding. See HERE
We met some rowers as we came towards the mile straight, I didn’t realise they went south of here. The canoe hire establishment had a few out, somewere doing better than others. The widebeam coming towards us had to send a crew member to the bows to act as a spotted as the helmsman couldn’t see them as he got closer. Also along this stretch was a pair of paddleboarders complete with a dog, as the dog pushed round his leg he wobbled but failed to fall off.
I don’t know what this boat was selling but he had a humongous generator in his bow well deck that groaned every now and then, he also had a very healthy queue of customers waiting for whatever he was serving up.
12¾ miles, no locks in 4¼ hours