The title says it all really. We left Bugsworth Basin at around 11:00, stopping on the way out for water and refuse disposal. Then we stopped again at the junction for a visit to Tesco. Along the offside are permanent moorings, and the canal is shallow on the towpath side but we managed to get in with a bit of a struggle.
Groceries put away we set off through Furness Vale and stopped at the same spot we used on the way in; ½ a mile this side of New Mills.
Bridge 32 used to be a swing bridge but has been replaced with a railway-style footbridge.
Flob-a-Dob (for those of my age….)
It's a different world, isn't it.
Furness Vale Marina is an attractive spot, probably originally an interchange wharf with the railway alongside.
Furness Vale Marina
Whoops – casualty of the gales
Doesn’t appear to be any structural damage.
Just one bit of exercise today for Mags, taking Seyella gently through Carr Swing Bridge.
Carr Swing Bridge
We moored about 5 minutes after the bridge.
It’s ironic isn’t it that BW have put severe restrictions on the use of the Rothersthorpe Flight, dropping down to the River Nene at Northampton, due to water shortages on the Grand Union, while the Environment Agency have closed the river due to high water and fast flow rates. Only in Britain, eh.
It’s put a crimp in George and Carol’s plans. They set off from Stone on Monday and pushed on through the poor weather, aiming to get to the Nene next Sunday after which the locks are closed for 3 weeks. But with the river now closed they’re having to re-think their cruising plans.
Meanwhile Nbs Yarwood and Matilda Rose are stuck at Alwalton Lock, it being unsafe to move on the river.
Locks 0, miles 2