As the Whichchurch arm is quiet and peaceful we felt obliged to leave later than usual so as not to wake anyone, besides the lie in was an attractive bonus.
Once the community started to rise we prepared to leave. Before doing so Chris wanted to take this photo of the arm looking out from the canal bridge nearby. AmyJo is the second boat from the camera on the right
|Evidence of exploratory excavation is present at the bottom of frame
This has revealed the original stonework leading up to the bridge
|Leaving our overnight mooring with the bridge behind
|Boaters appear by their boats and watch as we leave.
In order to proceed from the arm towards Grindley Brook, larger boats like ours the cannot make the very tight 280 degree turn so a convenient winding hole is provided a few 100 yards up stream and then you can retrace your steps passing by the arm.
|Winding AmyJo whilst Chris prepares Lift Bridge 30 for my return.
|The engine damaged boat being towed to Willey Moor Lock
|Not sure what these are but there were lots of them looking quite pretty
|A few of many tow path trekkers today
Content on our near empty mooring we settled in for a peaceful evening. Clouds in the sky gave this sun ray scene and our first Swallows appeared on the telephone line opposite the boat. At least we think they are Swallows or are they Swifts. How does one tell them apart?
|One named Peter and one named Paul