|A bit blurry but Mow Cop!|
Today we left our overnight mooring and headed for the Red Bull Locks, stopping after five locks to do a shop in nearby Tesco in Kidsgrove. The sun was shining and boats were moving in both directions so it was it was easier today. Ben and I walked to Kidsgrove, lots of dog walkers enjoying the dry weather too, so Ben was on his lead. The colour of the canal is orange stained by minute particles of seeping out of Harecastle Tunnel.
Shopping done,followed by lunch and we had just one lock to do before we turned right at Harding Wood Junction, to turn right again to cross Pool Lock Aqueduct and then onto the Macclesfield Canal. It always seems odd because the Macc is on the left of the Trent and Mersey Canal. The water has now lost it's orange colour. Just one stop lock at Scholar Green to raise us a foot or so and we were on our way. There used to be two locks but only one remains.
We last came on here in 2009 but I can remember very little of the trip. It was like exploring a totally new canal with the folly topped Mow Cop clearly visible. I loved Ramsdell Hall built about 1760, enough room for a mooring too! We are now moored alongside an ornate cast iron fence which separates the towpath from the field. There's also a footpath to Little Moreton Hall, a half timbered building even older than Ramsdell Hall. Perhaps we'll follow that path tomorrow.