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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hall Green

This is looking down to the Trent and Mersey as we approach point `D` on the last blog.

Just a mile and we reach Hall Green stop lock. There were 2 locks here, one belonged to the Macclesfield and one owned by the Trent and Mersey. The difference in water level is just 12 inches. It was originally 6 inches but I believe the level was lowered to make navigation through the Harecastle tunnel easier. Ahead the Macclesfield stretches 26miles and passes through 12 more locks in a flight at Bosley.

These lovely Mileposts mark the full and half miles all the way to Marple.

From memory there are three movable bridges, one hand operated, one electric and this one that is usually left open. It has a length of chain attached that can be used from the towpath by walkers to swing the bridge across the canal.

So begins another cruise into the countryside dodging the rain in what has turned out to be a really wet summer. Never mind it could be worse at least we can move on the dry days.....if we feel like it. It never ceases to amaze me the sheer luxury of the life we live. Luxury? depends how you look at your lifestyle. Our view is we have the freedom to roam the canal system at will.  We own our time and are not tied to a boss. We want for nothing. We have health  happiness and most important each other. Jaq keeps having pinch me moments and to be honest so do I. I like our address; Towpath mooring, UK.

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NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs