|Our over night mooring in the pound above lock 7|
|The A626 and post rush hour traffic|
At the lock we found this roller mounted on the bridge wall, clearly located so as not to chafe the ropes when horses pulled the boats out of the lock. Its the first one we have seen set this way and not vertically.
|Unusual roller placing presumably to stop the bridge wearing out the ropes.|
From here on up the locks the view is really pretty. With the sun shining the locks are a great place to be. We really enjoyed these locks even if they are deep and hard to work.
|Looking into Lock 9|
|An a pleasant view ahead. The scenery is not bad either.|
|Crossing the pound to lock 10|
|Kids at the skate park. The lad on the top of the ramp was helping a younger one to learn to ride it|
|Waiting for the lock to finish filling and some of the gongoozlers that did not move to the next lock with Chris|
Finally we locked out of the top lock and needing water we swung on the Macclesfield canal at the junction. We then winded to return to the water point at the C&RT services. The water pressure here is quite low and it took nearly an hour to fill. We took this time to grab a bit of lunch and a cuppa.
Once full with water we returned to Marple junction and turned right towards Bugsworth. We so so love this arm. It so beautiful and the views excellent, being so high the canal runs alongside a valley. One can see hills for miles.
|The start of the Bugsworth arm|
|Just one of the stunning views along the way|
There are three lift bridges along the way, mostly electrified now. This one obviously has the single hander in mind as the controls are on the opposite side to the bridge on the tow path side making it easy to get through.
|Chris is standing by the control box, The white beam is the cable and power run to the other side of the bridge.|
|The junction and the bridge we just passed under|
We tried gently reversing AmyJo in and almost got past the pair but could not quite get right round them getting wedged between a boat opposite moored with full sized car wheels out as fenders, like our anti shelf wheels, and the butty of the hotel boat. Del then asked the hotel boat owner if he would be good enough move the butty to allow us in but at first he refused arguing he needed the boats breasted up.
As you can imagine I was not impressed with the guy for being so selfish but held my tongue, though I did make it clear it was stupid to block so many empty mooring spaces in the arm when nowhere else was available. It was not until Del informed him Derwent6 would be leaving at 7am in the morning and he would be forced to move them then, that he begrudgingly moved the butty along allowing us, and other boats later on, to get onto a mooring. Sadly we were the topic of conversation in the Navigator that night, most embarrassing. As it happened Derwent6 was not the only boat that left early next morning so the hotel boats would still have been disturbed either way.