The Bridgewater is fairly wide, no water shortages and lots of long straight stretches through some rural and lots of light industrial. It first took us in an easterly direction towards Manchester and then we turned away and skirted the south west suburbs of Manchester.
|Approaching the aqueduct which took us over the Manchester Ship Canal|
|over we go...looking toward Manchester|
|and the other way|
|Some new buildings since we were here last........not the worlds best outlook from their balconies|
We met our first boat of the day after 2 hours travelling but we then saw a few more than recently.
The sun shone most of the way and the rain only put in an appearance towards the end of the trip.
We paused briefly at Worsley to empty the loo cassette and found the facilities there as gross as we remembered. So much so in fact that we decided not to fill up with water.
The was a convenient water tap not far short of Lymm so we decided to stop there. However as we were pulling in we picked up something around the prop. With the aid of the bow thruster (we don't use it much but it has its uses) we managed to get close enough to the side for Geoff to do a mighty leap ashore and pull us in. His investigation revealed a ladies dress wrapped around...thankfully not the body!
Average speed:3.11 mph (3.11 lock/mph)