Shortly after getting underway we crossed Dane aqueduct but could barely see it for the foliage now growing almost as tall as the ramparts. Pearsons states this as an imposing aqueduct but not from the canal.
|The aqueduct is in there somewhere|
|Some of the low tree branches one has to negotiate.|
After running down a long straight stretch passed Buglawton one comes to the remains of Vaudrey's wharf, looking now more like a winding hole. Its a shame money cannot be found to fix it as it would make lovely visitor moorings.
|Vaudrey's Wharf and nothing left to show of its past life.|
Charles Vaudrey built the wharf in 1835 to serve his mills at nearby Bath Vale. The railway was opened in 1860 as the Biddulph Valley Line of the North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) and passed under the canal close by. It then provided a transport interchange between the railway and canal.
CBC bought the railway some time after its closure to convert into the Biddulph Valley Way and with it came Vaudrey's Wharf and the land it stands in. However, it should be noted that the land required to provide access from a public highway to Vaudrey’s Wharf and the Biddulph Vaudrey’s Wharf Valley Way was retained by British Rail and is now owned by BRB (Residuary) Ltd.
For very many years there has been a leak somewhere in the wharf which has allowed water from the canal to run down onto the Biddulph Valley Way. CBC have never felt able to fund the repair of this leak, which is now quite severe, and, in the opinion of the then British Waterways (BW), represents both an unacceptable loss of water and a potential risk of breach.
|One of many small aqueducts and narrows along the way|
This overspill is odd in as much as it also includes the towpath across it. Today low levels meant walkers could keep their feet dry but I should imagine it risky when water is pouring down the overspill.
|Towpath and overspill all in one. dry today.|
|Tree branches almost block this bridge 'ole|
|These pots annoyed Chris as they were not ordered by any colour sequence (she has these odd moments sometimes)|
|Work boats block or restrict the way by the aqueduct|
|Whilst piling takes place all canal traffic is halted and one has to wait to be waved past by the contractors|
Congleton is a lovely town and well worth the visit if only to look at some of the old buildings. The town centre is clean and worth the walk or bus ride to visit. A local told me the town had entered to Britain in bloom competition and I reckon it might be in with a good chance.
|Walking down to the town from the aqueduct and the town hall in the background|
|Pretty little garden walk brings one into the town centre|
|Impressive town hall|
|Start of the shopping centre|
|One for Dela, the local wetherspoons in a converted bank.|
Now I was not aware the Bear Grylls was branching out into the cafe industry but if he did I bet the food would be interesting.
|Wasn't carrying that lot back uphill on foot.|
|View from the aqueduct. Access to the road is via the footpath right of way via the private drive on the right.|
|AmyJo's mooring at the wharf seen from the aqueduct.|
|Tonights view from the side doors|