Monthly Archive: September 2021

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Trouble at t’ locks

                                      Harecastle Tunnel (South Portal) to Higher Poynton:                                                     25¼ miles, I tunnel, 13 locks, 2 swing bridges ”Best be ready for quarter to 8…” the Harecastle Tunnel Keeper had said on Thursday afternoon. The next morning the...

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Tunnels – love ‘em or leave ‘em

Cleddau‘s been down the Caldon Canal, (nearly) to the end and back again… The Caldon Canal was opened in 1779, its purpose being to allow limestone transport down from the Peak District to the Potteries and to the Midlands. For her first night on the Caldon Canal Cleddau had moored just below leaky Engine Lock. There had been reports of the water level being shallow along the nearly 5 mile pound between Planet Lock and Engine Lock. Waiting to work...

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Round the bends – and a couple of rescues

                                              Higher Poynton (Macc Canal) to Milton (Caldon Canal):                                                35 miles, 16 locks,  3 movable bridges, 1 tunnel Predictability – and unpredictability: these are the dual components of an interesting cruise. There are habits formed...

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Let’s go! Let it go! Letting go…

For many boaters this year’s season has been determined by the level of restriction – both coronavirus restrictions and canal restrictions: breaches, culvert collapses, lock closures, water shortages, landslips… What affected Cleddau? Well, there was the three month saga of the culvert repair in Macclesfield, the landslip at Anderton (channel eventually reopened to one way passage), the water supply affecting lock opening hours at Bosley and staff shortages affecting the operation of the Weaver locks. Elsewhere there’s been a major...

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