Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Low and slow

It's been a slow day - but not for the want of trying. Water levels in the always shallow Macca are about six inches below their usual level which means the bottom is rather too close to the top for deeper draughted boats like us.
It's worst at bridgeholes where the silt and muck collects in the narrows. We dragged our way across some slower than a reluctant child being dragged to the dentist. As you go through, mud and a slurry of rotted vegetation cling to the prop which often demands some lively reversing to throw it off again.
The original plan was to stop at Macclesfield to stock up the larder and stooge round the other shops but that soon changed. What a shame that the town that gave the canal its name does so little to encourage the passing boater to visit.
The moorings are shallow, unkempt and lack any sort of ring or barrier to hook a rope to on the eroded bankside. Worse, three average sized boats would fill them. Today none had bothered to make the effort and I don't blame them. Maybe Macclesfield feels it can do without the boaters' trade. Well it did without ours for sure!
With moorings few and far between along this section of the canal we decided to plod on to what will be our destination on the Macca this trip - the moorings at Higher Poynton run by our chums Iain and Luisa Bryceland, former owners of Braidbar Boats across the other side of the cut. They've done a lot of work since we were here two years ago with new jetties, much dredging and the removal of a huge concrete barrier wall.
Tomorrow we'll turn around and drift slowly back towards Streethay. Quite literally it's all downhill from here.

4 comments:

Adam said...

The moorings at the Gurnet Aqueduct are much better than the town moorings in Macclesfield. A proper edge and rings, if I remember correctly.

Captain Ahab said...

Macclesfield is a bit of a let down.

davidoakesimages said...

Last time I was at Macc the mooring had all sorts of signs , some council other by those living by the canal, as to stopping, running of engines, plus lots more. Just arriving and seeing the signs would be enough to say ...lets be off! Shame the old town is nice

davidoakesimages said...

Last time I was at Macc the mooring had all sorts of signs , some council other by those living by the canal, as to stopping, running of engines, plus lots more. Just arriving and seeing the signs would be enough to say ...lets be off! Shame the old town is nice