Well, yesterday evening we had the mother of all thunderstorms. The rain was coming down like rods and the forked lightning was striking something, further along the valley. It was great watching, safely tucked up inside the boat, peering out from the portholes. The centre of the storm did not pass directly overhead so we were spared the worst, and after a couple of hours it was all over as it moved northwards. It certainly cleared the air, as this morning we woke to bright sunshine and blue skies. Just as we were preparing the boat to move the Canal and River Trust boat logger, logged us at Bosley. We saw him again as we were cruising on the approach to Buglawton, and again at the water point the other side of the village. On this occasion we did ask if we only went in his book once, and not the three times he had seen us. After topping up the water tank, we cruised the final mile to the Aquaduct at Congleton. Unusually the mooring here appears to be up to 14 days, rather than the normal 48 hrs we have encountered elsewhere. 


                                                         Mooring at Congleton.


                                          View from the sidehatch, down the valley to the viaduct.


                                                     The views from the other sidehatch.

We had planned to stay only one day here, but given the setting, and the fact that the centre of Congleton, a small market town is only one mile away, we will probably stay here till the weekend. Lunch was taken today at the Queens Head P.H. which is canal side in the town and they are dog friendly.
Totals 3 Miles
Running total 321 Miles 190 Locks 13 Tunnels

Bosley Locks

Yesterday we spent our final day at Lyme Green, walking back to Sutton Hall at Gurnett, for a Sunday roast. Today, having decided on an early start we were underway by 8 am. We needed water, and the next water point was located at the top of the Bosley Lock flight. Our tank was near empty, which could mean, depending on the speed of the tap, up to an hour to fill. We negotiated the ridiculously stiff swing bridge at Broadhurst, and then settled into a blustery three mile cruise. We passed the base of the Four Counties fuel boats, as coal boat Halsal was being loaded for its next trip. On arrival at the locks, the water point was empty so we commenced filling the tank. The volunteer lock keepers made an appearance asking if we needed help down the flight. Just as we were finishing two boats arrived and joined the queue behind us, as another boat ascended through the top lock. Perfect timing for us. We worked our way down the flight meeting several boats on the way up, and arrived at our intended mooring spot on the visitor mooring just prior to the Dane Aquaduct. The mooring was empty but it would not stay that way for long, we do however have good views across the valley. We will stay here for a day and maybe explore a walk along the River Dane.



                                                  Mooring at the foot of Bosley Locks.

Totals 4 Miles 12 Locks
Running total 318 Miles 190 Locks 13 Tunnels

Lyme Green

Yesterday we moved on from our spot opposite Lyme View Marina. The morning started with rain, however, the forecast was that it would clear by lunchtime. Using the rain radar weather site, we could track the progress of the showers, and by eleven o’clock we were good to go. After two miles we were passing through Bollington, and the moorings by the Aquaduct were empty. Further on through Macclesfield we arrived at Gurnett, and again the moorings were nearly empty. This is so different to a few weeks ago when we travelled up this way. Clearly the holidays are over now and there is less boat traffic about. We arrived at Lyme Green which has the appearance of rural tranquility, but is remarkably close to a very useful retail park, pleasantly obscured from view.


                                                          Mooring spot at Lyme Green.

Today we walked back into Gurnett, and took lunch at Sutton Hall. This is a former 17th century Manor House that has been converted into a restaurant/pub. It is also the one time family home of the Earls of Lucan. We kept our eyes open, but there was no sign of the missing Lord. The building has an abundance of large oak beams and heavy oak panelled walls.

                                                              Sutton Hall.


                                 Previous occupants family crests mounted below the chimney.

As we write this, the wind is howling outside and we are in for a fairly stormy night. Tomorrow however is forecast to fine and dry. We will stay here till Monday by which time we will be in need of water.
Totals 8 Miles
Running total 314 Miles 178 Locks 13 Tunnels