Delights Of The Macclesfield Canal

We left the C&RT mooring, after filling up with water, and John still ‘complaining’ he was feeling sore after the locks. Like a dutiful wife I told him I’d do all the locking today! Our plan of manoeuvring through four locks seems a doddle after the twenty odd from yesterday.

Our first lock (#43) was straight in front of us.

At Lock #42 we took this picture:

Take a note of what looks like bridge, it’s really not a ‘bridge’, it’s Poole Aqueduct on the Macclesfield Canal. We shall be doing a ‘loop’, which will take us over this Aqueduct.  Below is a picture we snapped taken from the Aqueduct, looking down on the Lock #42. We couldn’t see the locks below because of the wall, so with arms stretching up, we snapped the camera and hoped for the best!

Just before the third lock (#41), we moored up while I took a short hike to Tesco for a quick shop for fruit, milk and bread, and of course a freshly baked bag of doughnuts!  (Well it is bank holiday weekend after all.)

A little bit of canal history, this is a ghost sign advertising the ‘Kidsgrove Gas Light Company’, the company existed during the years 1857-1949. We snapped the sign as we sailed past.

Lock #41 pops up at Harding’s Wood Junction, and this is where we turned right, onto the Macclesfield Canal (and the start of the loop which takes us back, over the Trent & Mersey).

We just love the Macclesfield, yet we’ve only be on it a day! The bridges are absolutely beautiful being built from local stone. The local stone being ‘Cheshire Gritstone’, has been used since the iron age for mill stones.

Macclesfield Canal’s gardens are glorious, making the canal such a delight!  The gardeners of these properties should be very proud of themselves.

Lock #13 corrects the water level difference from the Trent & Mersey and the Macclesfield – the lock raised Cyan to less than 10 inches.

History surrounds the lock, the worn cobblestones are testament to how busy this canal was worked.

The Macclesfield is rather shallow in areas, and it took three attempts to find a spot where we could moor Cyan, we just couldn’t pull her into the sides for mooring.  Eventually we moored just before Kent Green Bridge (#87), where we’re overlooked by the village of Mow Cop, and Mow Cop Castle.  The castle isn’t really a ‘castle’; it’s a folly of a ruined castle that’s sitting on the summit of a hill, it was built in 1754.

As we’ve had a ‘busy’ week; we’re moored up with over 45 Mg of WiFi; good TV reception and DAB radio; and the friendly ‘Rising Sun’ (Marstons) pub just yards away, we thought this would be a great place to stay for a couple of days.

Today we covered 4 locks, and two and half-ish miles.

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