Monday, 21 September 2015

Good weather for Helen

Monday 21st September
On Friday we had a walk with Jaz down to Poynton to go to the shops, we wasn't sure how far it was to walk so we asked a couple who were sat outside the Boars Head pub and they said it was only a 1o minute walk! I don't think so!!!! We walked down Anson Road and passed the Anson Engine Museum and then at the junction we turned left towards the town centre we didn't actually get to the main shopping area but saw a Coop shop and so we just got a few bits there! The walk took us about 30 minutes there not 10 minutes as we had been told so it was a 30 minute walk back too, by which time we had to stop at The Boars Head for a beer. Dogs are allowed in the pub and Jaz was very good but is very fussy and some people were eating so we decided to sit outside with her and then headed back to the boat. We knew that Helen would probably get here around 6pm so we then had a walk to wait for her as we had given her the postcode for the Boars Head, she rang us to say that the sat nav took her to Bollington and she had turned round and was in Poynton so the fact that we had already walked down that way we were able to direct her back to us. Once Helen had parked her car we popped back to the boat and left Jaz there while we went to the Boars Head for some food and very good it was too. The weather was lovely and on Saturday morning once we were all ready we set off about 9am and headed to Marple junction.

Helen at the helm

Goyt Mill used to be a cotton spinning mill and the coal it used for driving the machines came from Higher Poynton

Marple junction

Looking back from the junction

The locks to the left as we turn right
Onto the Peak Forest Canal
Passing the Swizzels factory where you can smell of the sweets being made
No sign of Del Boy or Rodney!
Some lovely views on this canal
A lot of growth too!
When we turned left heading to Bugsworth basin we stopped at the moorings there and went to Tescos for some shopping as it is literally just down below the moorings here. All topped up with provisions we went into Bugworth basin and moored for the day. We all had a walk round and popped for a drink to the Navigation pub and sat outside in the sunshine. The weather was lovely and we were so pleased that it didn't rain as it wouldn't have been the same for Helen if it had.

Leaving our mooring yesterday morning

Turning around here to head back to Higher Poynton

A muddy walk for water!
One of the pretty houses on this canal
I think this duck needs a new hairdresser!
Not long after we had turned back onto the Macclesfield canal at Marple we had to stop briefly to wait for a woman on her boat to turn around and as she had got round and was heading the same way a sue she called asking us if we wanted to pass her as she was going slow but Kev said no thats fine we aren't in a rush, well we really wish we had passed her as she was on tick over most of the way so it was pretty slow going all the way back to Higher Poynton although as she got through bridge 14 she asked us again did we want to pass so we did and managed to get moored through bridge 15.
Once we were tied up Helen got her things together and we walked with her to her car and said our goodbyes. It was nice having you on board Helen and we are glad you had a good time.

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