Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Etruria to Poole Aqueduct

We had a quiet night on the visitor moorings at Etruria, I slept soundly - read, comatose - I wasn't even disturbed by Joe getting up for the dogs during the night.  The side affects of the medication Fletcher is taking (steroids) is that he needs to pee much more frequently and profusely than the norm so one or other of us has been playing night nurse and getting up to let him out as soon as any fidgeting is detected; last night was Joe's turn.

As soon as we had breakfasted we pulled the boat back on to the services and filled the water tank, the washing machine was on dealing with a change of bedding and as soon as the tank was brimmed Joe winded (turned) Yarwood and we head back out on to the T&M and set off north through Stoke.

 Etruria services
 Yarwood being winded (turned)

Tidied up and unused but this building would have been a covered dock for the loading and unloading of narrowboats.
 It was just short of four miles to the Harecastle tunnel, our first stop, so I walked the dogs along the towpath.  I spotted Nb. Armadillo heading south, they had just passed Joe and the boat, so I called a greeting as we passed each other in the lovely spring sunshine.

 The much photographed Middleport Pottery building
 An example of what was once a ubiquitous bottle kiln...these were everywhere in the pottery towns a one time.

 Longport, still operating as we pass with fork lift trucks scurrying about with raw materials

 Canal St. sign
 And the semi- derelict building the sign is attached to
 Also in Canal Street...that would make lovely flats and preserve the industrial building

 Another Bottle Kiln
 West port Lake.  We normally moor here.
 Approaching Harecastle Tunnel and no queue

 We moored up and booked in with the Tunnel Keeper and then 20 minutes later the barrier was moved and out emerged a south bound boat.

 It was then our turn and with all interior lights blazing, Nav lights and tunnel lamp on we set off under Harecastle hill. During the transit I whizzed the hoover round and switched washing between machine and dryer, considered taking a shower but thought we might be out of the tunnel and looking to moor before I was finished...shower can wait I thought.

 North portal, out of the tunnel and in the 'rusty water' again

With nowhere to moor before the turn on to the Macclesfield canal, we turned anyway.

 The beginning of the Macc - strictly speaking though it is not until after the stop lock at Hall Green but these days most of us consider it starts at Hardings Wood Junction as you turn under the bridge.

 Moored up at Poole aqueduct
We had those showers, lovely hot water after the cruise, and tidied up Joe and I walked along the T&M to the Red Bull Hotel and had lunch before going to Tesco at Kidsgrove to top up supplies.

The Red Bull, lockside at lock 43.

1 comment:

  1. Hiya both
    We thought you were coming onto the Caldon! We were looking forward to seeing you again. Ah well, another time.
    Keep well, have a good trip.
    Glad to see Fletcher is feeling better


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