Friday 16 September 2011

Summer Autumn Cruise 2011 (4-5)

Friday September 16th
River Irk aqueduct to Littleborough Lower Lock
Day 26

A late start after having a bit of a sleep in. The Memsahib had taken the dogs out for a walk before I got about of bed at the crack of 9:30. The weather is cool and overcast but the winds are light.

We passed a boat coming the other way almost at the top of the six Laneside locks. We were able to leave four locks set for them and the last two were set for us. The Slattocks section of the canal is short of water, often the pounds are down more than a foot below their normal level.

Above the Laneside locks the pounds were very short of water than they were lower down and also filled with much debris of every imaginable kind. One short pound could only be crossed when we flushed the lock above. The Rochdale canal is littered with supermarket trolleys and we counted 23 during our days cruise.

Things did not improve in the canal until we had passed through Smithy Bridge. Where we were caught in torrents of rain. As there was no pounds with sufficient water to moor, we pressed on into Littleborough. We moored up below the Littleborugh Lower Lock. Nb Sir “T” Fiable was also moored up here. Last seen on a warm evening stroll with the dogs in Leeds Armouries dock three weeks ago.

We decided to treat ourselves to Fish and Chips by way of a reward to help us recover from the rigours of the day. We found “Dave’s English Chippy” just a short walk from the moorings in Littleborough. This has to be one of the best fish and chips we have ever eaten. Portion control is not practised at this chippy and one serving would have been more than enough for the both of us. They close at 9pm.

The habitat at Littleborough would be ideal for bats, however the steady downpour of rain put paid to detecting any tonight,

Daily Total
Distance: 8 Miles.
Locks: 15
Swing / Lift Bridges: 2
Tunnels: 1
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 1900.1

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