High Lane

Yesterday we broke a golden rule of ours, we travelled in the rain. The reasons were due to bad weather the last couple of days, we had stayed just longer than the 48 hours allowed at the Wood Lane moorings, ( albeit we were the only boat on the mooring ) we needed to pump out the waste tank, we only planned to travel one mile, and the forecast had said it would be light rain only. We moved off through the bridge ahead of the mooring, and onto the service pontoon at Lyme View Marina. The tank was emptied in no time, and we were on our way. It was raining, and it began to get heavier. Still only half a mile to go, to moorings by a wide section of canal at Higher Poynton. Unfortunately it was full, chockablock. We stopped at the water point adjacent to the short arm at Lord Vernons Wharf, where Braidbar boats are fitted out, hoping that by the time we had to move on, the rain might have stopped. It was not to be, it got heavier still. A mile further on the next village was High Lane. Here there was still some space. So now dripping wet, we secured the boat and settled down to watch the last two instalments of the Harry Potter film set. Today the weather was fine a dry. We walked the furry crew member back to Higher Poynton, to visit the Boars Head P.H. for lunch, and then ice cream at the Trading Post, next to Braidbar Boats. The Trading Post is a small cafe/chandlers/grocery store, with a number of tables outside where you can sit by the canal and watch the world go by. We also noted quite a few Braidbar boats in the vicinity, gathering no doubt for their open day next weekend.



                                                              Mooring at High Lane.

Where we are moored currently is a short distance from a number of shops and takeaway restaurants. We may treat ourselves to one tonight. Tomorrow we plan to travel up to Marple and then onto the Peak Forest Canal.
Totals 3 Miles
Running totals 288 Miles 178 Locks 13 Tunnels

Wood Lane

Yesterday, in anticipation of some impending bad weather due in the next few days, we moved off from the mooring at Bollington. We were only travelling 3 miles, so just under an hour after we set off we arrived at our intended destination, close to Lyme View Marina. The visitor moorings here are located either side of bridge 18, and apart from one solitary plastic boat which looks like it has been here quite a while, we were on our own.



                                                           Mooring at Wood Lane.

Just beyond the bridge is Lyme View Marina which has full services, and the local village a couple of hundred yards away, benefits from the Miners Arms P.H. Whilst the mooring spot has rings, and a well tended grassy towpath, it also suffers from a submerged shelf below the waterline, rather like the one found on the Shropshire Union Canal. Following a rummage in the gas locker/bulk storage area, we located our Shropshire Union wheelbarrow wheels, and the problem of the shelf was solved.

Now we just have to ‘mind the gap’ when stepping off. As we were finishing securing the boat, another went past and the steerer, clearly with some local knowledge said, “ah you have found the shelf, you know, just through the bridge there isn’t one”. That may explain the reason why the mooring section the other side of the bridge is time limited to 24 hours. Today the rain arrived, and it looks set like this for a while. We will sit out the bad weather here for the next couple of days, and no doubt will support the local business in the village. One other milestone was passed on our journey yesterday, our beta marine engine has now completed its first one thousand hours of use. This also means an oil and filter change is now due.

Totals 3 Miles

Running total 285 Miles 178 Locks 13 Tunnels