Friday, 4 May 2012

Dunham Massey Hall

Captains Log Still on Plan B of World Cruise.

Probably the wettest drought ever recorded!

Canal Date                       4th May 2012 (Star wars day)
Location                   Dunham Massey Hall

Miles 27  Locks 1

Well, after the river Weaver, the Bridgewater canal looks so narrow but in fact it is wider and deeper than many canals.

We travelled from Comberback on the Trent & Mersey to Preston Brook. We did have a look in Midland Chandlers while we were passing. They have everything that you could wish for but nothing that I wanted. Does that mean that I hall all that I need onboard? From there we joined the Bridgewater canal. The first of the industrial canals to be built. We went to the end at Runcorn. Looking at the map, this looked like being a trawl through housing estates and industry but I was a delight to navigate. Much nicer than I would have imagined. We stopped at the end and did some shopping before turning back to Preston Brook for the night. The rain started as we turned and it became heavier and colder as we travelled. This is the first time this year that I have travelled any distance with the hood up. By the time we made Preston Brook we were both a bit tired. Not the best mooring spot with a motorway above us and the West Coast Main Line alongside us but it will do for tonight.

Pete & Liz on Snowbaby had travelled with us all day and they invited us to evening meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary. A good night with possibly a tad too much whisky but most enjoyable.

Next morning we set off looking for better moorings. Pete & Liz went to get water and have a look round the chandlers. We set off for Lymm, a picturesque village. On arrival there was just nowhere to moor. We continued on looking for a mooring and eventual gave up and went further on to a facilities block. It was closed for all of May! We continued a bit further and stopped at a rather nice pub. “Ye Olde Number 3” Well we had to call in and try out some of the menu. It was rather good. The moorings were a bit noisy being next to a road so we moved the next morning. We were looking for somewhere we could spend the bank holiday weekend. We soon found it. On an elevated section of the canal with superb views over the surrounding countryside. There is a splendid Nation Trust house “Dunham Massey Hall” next to us just waiting for us to explore. This will do us nicely.

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