We cruise to Bugsworth Basin on the Peak Forest Canal
Today we left Bollington Aqueduct on the Macclesfield Canal. It has been lovely to stay there and we had a fabulous walk up to see White Nancy. Bollington is a lovely village and we enjoyed a wander around.
The Macclesfield Canal is glorious with so many fantastic walks and places to see. If you love a wander along a canal, then this is definitely worth a visit.
We cruised as far as Higher Poynton, where we filled up with water and diesel at The Trading Post. Higher Poynton looked like a lovely place to moor up but we hadn’t been travelling long and really wanted to move on to the Peak Forest Canal.
The canal got quite wide at Higher Poynton, which is the result of ancient subsidence from a coal mine. There is an old branch near bridge 15 that used to lead to the mine but it is now used by a boatyard.
The sun was shining so off we went again. We cruised as far as High Lane and moored up but didn’t stay long. It was very near a loud and busy road so we decided to carry on going.
We passed by Goyt Mill, which is is really impressive. It was built early in the century, and spun cotton imported through Manchester Docks and was then brought here by canal. As the British textile industry declined in the 60’s, spinning ceased and Goyt Mill now houses small businesses.
And on to The Peak Forest Canal
We then reached Marple, which is the junction of The Peak Forest Canal and The Macclesfield Canal. The flight of 16 Marple Locks are to your left but we turned right on to The Peak Forest.
Now we have another new favourite canal!
We have cruised along The Caldon Canal and thought that was our favourite. We have just left the Macclesfield – our new favourite. Now we are cruising along The Peak Forest Canal, maybe this is our favourite!
There were 2 lift bridges to operate and one swing bridge and Tilly and I had a lovely walk along the canal.
As we cruised through New Mills, the smell from the Swizzles sweetie factory was amazing, even though the factory isn’t such a pretty sight!
Love this narrowboat!
Left Turn towards Bugsworth Basin on the Peak Forest Canal
We then turned to cruise down to Bugsworth Basin, where we found a lovely spot to moor.
And here’s our mooring spot.
We will be here for a little while so more about the fabulous Bugsworth Basin in my next post.
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