Saturday, 7 August 2010


 Pulling away from Dane aqueduct at 8am we were moored up on the aqueduct just outside Congleton at 10am having stopped to fill up the water at Buglawton en route.

These oval bridges are a feature of the Macclesfield & there are plenty of them, here 61& 62 very close together, as you can see the canal narrows under the bridges which has been quite good for improving my steering, hopefully narrow locks will be a doddle for me now!

Threatening skies but apart from a few spots the rain held off ( for once)

There are 48hr visitor moorings nearer the town but they are in a cutting opposite a factory, very dark & dreary, no surprise that they are not well used whilst the aqueduct is very popular, most boats seem to be just overnighters but we are stopping until at least Wednesday as Sid is booked in to the vets on Tuesday for the snip. We noticed that his adult canines have come through along side the 'baby'ones & his gums look sore & swollen so whilst he is asleep it can be investigated. 

The town is an attractive & welcoming, I popped into the tourist information for a street map & left with an armful of leaflets telling us everything we could ever wish to know. Plenty of shops, including a Morrison's in a fairly small area, I shall have to show some restraint though as there does seem to be a fair few bun shops bakeries !

Bek & Katie came for the day yesterday, after lunch on board we had a pleasant walk down the disused railway track that is now the Biddulph Valley Way  & a potter round the town.
We were just about to walk back up the hill to the canal when the heavens opened so spotting the handy bus station we saved ourselves a soaking & rode back.

We walked into the town this morning for some bits & bobs, booked Sid into the vets then returned to Poppy for an afternoon with the papers & not done a lot else. Tomorrow, a dry day is forecast & we plan to walk up The Cloud, I will be taking my cagoule.....

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