June 29th 2011 The Peak Forest canal

We set off this morning in glorious sunshine at around 09:15, a short stop at the Marple junction water point for a top up and we were on our way. Out of the junction and turn right and we joined the Peak Forest canal. About an hour into the trip and it started to rain although staying warm. The scenery was spectacular as the canal meandered its way to Whaley bridge On route a variety of lift and swing bridges had to be opened to allow passage.

spectacular scenery

Sheila raising a lift bridge

Finally arriving at whaley bridge captain Norwyn managed to turn Shell Bell around in the basin and we moored just outside on the seven day moorings. After lunch we walked up to Bugsworth Basin and on the way back topped up with supplies at the Tesco store beside the canal. We then wandered into Whaley Bridge village and admired the Well Dressing .Returning to Shell Bell we set off again and have moored about 2 miles outside Marple Junction ready to return to Bollington tomorrow. 

Whaley Bridge well dressing

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