Friday, April 17, 2015

The last leg.

Today we cruised the final bit of our trip to Manchester, swapping birdsong for traffic noise, the scent of blossom for diesel fumes. Ah well, needs must.

We’d been chatting to Bob and Pam on NB Plum Pudd. He’s an interesting bike rack on the back of the boat; it swings around parallel to the bank making it easy to load and unload.

Bob and Pam, NB Plum PuddIMG_4236
I might see them on Sunday, they plan to cycle in to Altrincham to watch the marathon runners go past.

Houses start to encroach on the canal at Seamons Moss BridgeIMG_4237

Approaching Broadheath there are a couple of reminders of the boom in industry generated by the canal.

The Victorian linotype factory…IMG_4238

…and another unidentified factory or warehouse with covered wharf, overshadowed by modern apartments.

The long straight from Timperley through SaleIMG_4241

The area around Sale Bridge has been modernised and “gentrified”.IMG_4242

There’s a brief green stretch between Sale and Stretford, with the M60 crossing over, and the River Mersey passing under, the canal.IMG_4243


We normally come this way about a month later, so this year we’re too early for the large broods of Canada goslings that usually appear around Longford Road. The geese are busy defending nests, though, while looking forward to the happy event.IMG_4247


Water’s Meeting is where the canal splits. Left takes the canal to Worsely, Leigh and the Leeds and Liverpool to Wigan, right heads towards the city centre, Castlefield and the foot of the Rochdale Canal.

We go right…IMG_4252

There’s a lot of improvement work been done to the towpath through Sale and Stretford, it’s carrying on into the city now.IMG_4253

First thing on Sunday I’ll be on one of these…

…heading for here and the start of the Greater Manchester Marathon.IMG_4255

Pomona Lock gives access to the Manchester Ship Canal…IMG_4263

…replacing the now derelict pair of Holme Locks IMG_4269

Old and new construction faces off across the canal, emphasising the change in use of this urban area.IMG_4268

And that’s it, Castlefield and the end of the Bridgewater Canal.IMG_4271 
The Beetham Tower dominates the skyline from the other end of Deansgate.

We turned around and reversed into one arm of Potato Wharf, next to the YHA. It’s better on the peninsula between the two arms, but there was no room there. In fact the whole basin is stuffed with boats, busier than we’ve ever seen it. Around towards Grocers Warehouse is also nose to tail, and Lymm Cruising Club have a meet here this weekend…
Apparently there’s a lot of boats here now that never move, using the moorings as cheap accommodation in the city. Lack of policing of the moorings has led to the same situation that C&RT face in London.

A quiet day tomorrow, preparing physically and mentally for Sunday’s challenge. At least the weather looks reasonable!

Don’t forget, my donation page for MacMillan Cancer Support is still open, just click on the link on the right-hand sidebar to contribute. Or donate by text – GEOFF58 £5 to 70070 will give £5 (logically).

Locks 0, miles 10


Steve and Angela said...

Good luck for Sunday Geoff

Andy said...

Good luck with the run....remember the 4mph speed limit.

nb Chuffed said...

Best wishes for Sunday Geoff. Hope it's not too hot!
Debby and Dave

Malcolm said...

Hi Geoff,
Good luck for tomorrow!

KevinTOO said...

Good luck for tomorrow Geoff, hope you have a great run and all goes to plan :)


Ade said...

Best of luck tomorrow Geoff, I'm sure all your hard work will be repaid tomorrow. Well done on the fund raising to.
Have a great race.

Malcolm said...

Hi Geoff,
I hope the marathon went well and your feet don't hurt.