Hardings Wood to Rode Heath.
A bright start this morning, much to our relief after yesterday's rain, in fact it stayed pleasant all day. The morning felt much warmer as the breezy winds had subsided over night at last.
|First turn into the Junction
|Hardings Wood Junction. Our route comes in from bridge 95 via the Arrow marked "1"
We then follow the route shown in the blue circle marked "Cheshire Ring" to lock 43
First one crosses over the Trent and Mersey then a tight left turn and a run parallel. Finally another left turn brings you out at the junction proper.
|Left to Middlewich for us.
The turn is quite tight and there was only just enough room to swing AmyJo round to line up for the first locks. There is actually a mooring opposite the junction and I was glad no boat was on it!
|Barely enough room to get round but we made it
At the second lock, 42, is a memorial to one Mikey Sutton. Seems 19 year old Mikey took up a dare by his 13 year old friend to jump the lock. Apparently Mike almost made the jump successfully but slipped smashing his chin on the opposite lock wall as he fell into the empty chamber and then drowned. Such a shame.
|Mike Sutton's memorial as a reminder to teenagers of the danger of jumping locks
|Although not a wide lock Mike almost made it but slipped on the capping stone and fell in.
|Disused second lock
Working together, I would help Chris shut the heavy top gate then open one paddle getting back aboard AmyJo before she descended too far. Once I was aboard Chris would then open the other paddle. We got into this routine and we worked well together for the next few locks.
|And a fully working pair
|Mow Cop always looks great from the canal
According to Wilipedia Mow Cop Castle is a folly at Mow Cop in the civil parish of Odd Rode, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building. The ridge, upon which the castle sits, forms the boundary between the counties of Cheshire and Staffordshire, the dioceses of Chester and Lichfield and the ecclesiastical provinces of Canterbury and York.
|Smudge allowed to run free for a change in a large field alongside our mooring
|Moored for the night, the field is behind the tree
Rode Heath to Wheelock
This morning dawned grey but warm and stayed that way all day. We rarely saw any sunshine at all for the grey cloud . Today we continued our descent of Heartbreak hill starting with lock 53.
|Lovely lock cottages
|Dry top gates for a change, not a dribble anywhere in this chamber
|Waiting for the lock to empty
At one lock Nb Cledeu (hope I spelt that right, apologies if not) passed us, the lady asked if we enjoyed the Macclesfield as she reads our blog. Sorry we did not have time for a proper chat but it was nice to meet you and yes we loved the Macc very much. Nice to know we do have at least one reader that enjoys our burblings :-)
|Looking back at the two locks as we leave them behind
After lock 65 at Wheelock we decided to stop for lunch as it was 2pm. Talking to the moored boat crew in front of us we were informed the moorings were few and far between from here to Middlewich so we decided, again, to stay put for the night. At least we can keep having our power naps at this rate.