Good Friday today, and it was, too. Got up at 06:30 to go for a run, the first since Liverpool a week last Sunday. Feeling fit and strong, just need to concentrate on maintaining speed now, to get a good result in Manchester on the 20th.
After laying the fire ready for lighting when we exited the tunnel, we set off. Arrived at the south portal at around 09:25, and went straight in. Out again 40 minutes later, and pulled on to the services mooring. After emptying the loo, moved on up to Hardings Wood Junction and turned onto pastures new on the Macclesfield Canal.
Leaving Harecastle Tunnel. You can just see the old Brindley tunnel mouth behind the BW van.
Turning at Hardings Wood.
A right turn at Red Bull took us over Poole Aqueduct back over the Trent and Mersey.
T & M from the aqueduct.
The 1 foot rise at Hall Green Lock didn’t take long to pass, we filled with water just above the lock and carried on up the canal to just before bridge 86 where we stopped for the day.
Mooring at Bridge 86.
Another day with a cool misty start and a fine sunny finish. We spent 15 minutes watching a kestrel looking for his tea this evening.
First impressions of the Macclesfield…. Very pleasant. If it continues as good as this it’s going to be a really good trip up to Manchester.
The attractive stone bridges have an unusual reverse curve, compared to the traditional arch,
And the milestones resemble tombstones!
Locks 1, miles 5½.