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  • Day70

    Bridgewater Canal

    July 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Not all inland waterways are the responsibility of CRT or the Environment Agency. The Bridgewater Canal, for example, is a privately owned canal that has its own bylaws, boat registration and licensing system. After the tunnels of the Trent and Mersey, there's an arm of the Bridgewater heading eastwards to Runcorn, which once connected with the Mersey. Remarkably, the Bridgewater remains lock-free all the way to Manchester, some 25 miles. It achieves this with the construction of some unique aquaducts, including James Brindley's stone aquaduct over the River Irwell.
    Today we are heading for the village of Lymm and another collection of mail, hopefully. The long, narrow towns of Stockton Heath and Grappenhall are sandwiched between the Bridgewater and... the Manchester Ship Canal! We're navigating within just a mile of it at one point. After passing under the M6 motorway, the canal heads due east and we are soon looking for a mooring at Lymm. The spot that we moor up at is directly opposite the village community centre - crafts and food fair taking place - and we find we're actually on a short aquaduct over a road and stream. It's a pleasantly warm and sunny afternoon, and we decide to walk into the village centre, see if the fair has anything of interest, and locate the post office which we'll collect our mail from tomorrow. We're also looking for potential places to eat out at. For a medium-sized village, there are a surprising number of pubs, restaurants and cafes. After a while we twig that we're not that far from Manchester now, and there's a sizeable suburban population, within a few miles, attracted to places like Lymm.

    What there wasn't enough custom for, we discover, was the services of the village post office. No.2, The Cross is now a charity shop! Chris asks one of the shop's staff, and we learn that the post office closed, with no advanced notice, last November! So what's happened to our mail?? The helpful shop manageress suggests contacting another post office, close to Lymm, in case it's gone there.
    Numerous attempts to phone the post office, local sorting office and CID all fail, so we walk back to the village and enjoy a meal at Elmas Mediterranean, a popular, noisy but entertaining restaurant, where Jo chooses the goat's cheese pizza, and Chris wishes he'd gone for the same!
    When we return to the canal, we find that some neighbouring boats have left, and further boats are still arriving and looking for spaces. We move Pelangi a few yards to close a short gap in the moorings and help open a space for a longer boat. Lymm is a busy, bustling place, even on a Sunday. Feels a bit like a summertime seaside place, but inland!
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  • Day70

    Dam discovery

    July 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Time to rest a bit. After much lock operation, or skyward travel in boat lifts, we sometimes need a break from dashing around (3mph!) on the water.
    Jo settles down to reading another book - she insists it's not actual speed-reading that helps her finish a novel so quickly - probably a fifth of the time it takes Chris to get through chapter ten... of the book he started when the voyage began!

    Chris is attempting to locate an address stated on the web as a wholefoods retailer near the village. A football match in the local park is made interesting as the 10-12 year old boys playing are teamed against adults that aren't pulling any punches in their playing. The boys are clearly very talented, a couple look particularly skilled, and they are passing the ball and reading the game and score a very good goal. But when the adults win the ball the attack is intense and it takes courage for the youngsters to try and tackle someone twice their size charging forward at top speed. Another goal! This is far more entertaining than following out of date web data!
    Then, out of the blue (forgive the pun), Chris finds the main road back into Lymm crosses an unexpected watercourse. Lymm Dam is a large man-made lake surrounded by wooded trails, a church and churchyard on a hill overlooking it, and the road on one short edge, forming the dam. The path starting on the west side looks like it might lead all the way around, and in fact Chris finds there are several paths that divide, then reunite, on what is an attractive circular walk that is very popular on such a sunny day.

    The retail address turns out to be just a business registration address, but the walk through playing fields and around Lymm Dam makes up for the nonexistent wholefood shop.
    Back at Pelangi, we decide that tomorrow we will stop briefly near the hamlet of Broomedge, and find the post office that may just have our missing poste restante. Then we can pay a nearby National Trust property, Dunham Massey Hall and deer park, a visit.
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  • Day15

    Crickhowell to Warrington

    June 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Leisurely drive to Warrington. Paul & Jo very welcoming and very much as I remember them. Beautiful house, Mercedes sports in the drive. Few drinks at home then in to the village for G&Ts at a bar then to the Indian. Walk home for more drinks; pool with Paul; and lots of chat til about 1.30am.

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