(and women too!), but more of that later…
We left the Leeds & Liverpool canal today and are now on the Bridgewater canal, retracing our steps. We were tempted to stop at Astley Green to sample the Manchester Tart at the pub there, but we wanted to get to Bridgewater Marina before midday as we knew they’d be closed for a couple of hours from 12-2pm.
We were glad we’d stopped on the way up to visit the colliery, as today they were busy laying a new footpath. They don’t seem to be leaving much room for mooring pins between the tarmac and the canal edging. Perhaps they’re more interested in pedestrians and cyclists. I wonder if they’ll put any mooring rings in later?
Leigh proved a handy stopover point for the shops once again, though some inconsiderate boater had already got in at the mooring by Aldi, so we had to moor the towpath side and Sarah walked over the bridge to get there. Sarah was in and out in record time, just 25 minutes between when we arrived and left!
We made Bridgewater Marina by about 11am in the end, so plenty of time to spare. The service was once again second to none – we got a pumpout done and replaced the gas bottle that ran out in Liverpool. Hopefully this one will last a bit longer. Sarah was very impressed by there little veg and flower plot, looked after by the marina gardening club. I bet they can’t wait for the new RHS Bridgewater Garden to open, we could see building work for it going on as we passed on the canal.
There were more busy bees as we arrived in Worsley, this time local volunteers clearing the towpath and tidying up the vegetation. They’ve done an incredible job, the results speak for themselves.
We moored up opposite an old boathouse, only a few dozen yards from where we moored on the way up. Two other boats were here already – they left shortly after lunchtime, but were soon replaced by two later arrivals. I had been a bit worried about finding space here but there’s still room for one more even now.
Sarah did some baking, making chocolate chip cookies and another batch of her renowned date balls. I nipped out to the shop for some more milk and bananas. I got a quick piccy of Sarah in the galley whilst I was outside the window.
Tomorrow we are crossing the Manchester Ship Canal on the Barton Swing Aqueduct. We’re hoping to time things so that we pass over as Neil and Christine pass under on nb Comfortably Numb. Fingers crossed I get out of bed in time and the timings work out!