We woke this morning to NO rain. We had to make the most of that rare occurrence and walked over to Little Moreton Hall, enticed by its description as one of England’s greatest half timbered buildings. It dates from the late 15 Century and it looks so topsy turvy and fragile that its a miracle that it has survived over 500 years. There’s even a real moat of lovely clear water with the bridge leading straight to the huge timber front door. We were intrigued by a large grass covered settee and table on the lawn – quite an achievement but somewhat out of place. Its a National Trust Building nowadays. We could have taken the full tour later in the day but instead decided to move on – big mistake because it wasn’t long till the rain started and continued more on than off until mid afternoon. So much for the forecast promise of a dry day.
Its a repeated scenario of the start of the summer holidays last year – rain, rain and rain. The cratch is full of washing that shows no sign of drying in the next few days and wet shoes. I feel sorry for the hirer families who have once again paid high season prices to stand in the rain for a week. How ironic to be travelling along canals that don’t have enough water while there is far too much above the waterline!
The stretch through Congleton was very attractive with two snake bridges which would have been easier to admire if the brambles were cut back. However we didn’t stop and headed on towards the hills. Now we are moored at the foot of the 12 lock Bosley Flight, poised to start the ascent first thing in the morning before the real rain promised for tomorrow afternoon! Its a stunning location on the embankment above the River Dane, overlooked by the Cloud hill, telling us that we are heading into the Peak District.PIC 0127 Canal Cottage Congleton
Today we did 7.25 Miles
Statistics so far:-
1610.67 Miles, 928 Locks, 108 Swing Bridges, 66 Lift Bridges, 20 Tunnels