Monday, 15 July 2019

Dunham Massey to Lymm 12th - 13th July 2019

Friday 12th July 2019
Dunham Massey to Lymm 
3.5 miles, 0 locks

Sue, Monty and I started the day with a rather damp walk to Dunham Massey House.  The idea was to walk some of the extensive grounds, however we took a wrong turning and ended up at the back of the house - as the house and gardens were not open for at least another hour I don't think we should have been there, but no one apprehended us, so all was well.  The bonus was we were afforded a good view of the front of the house 

as well as the back of it from across the lake

This summer there is a 'Percy The Parkeeper' trail for the little ones that includes this rather charming slide

Once we found our way into the woodland (dogs are allowed off the lead which was a huge bonus) we came across this massive tree which I am finding it hard to recognise.

The nearest leaf I found on google is a horse chestnut, but I don't think it is - any ideas?

Do you ever stop and wonder just how many years a tree like this has been around?

Monty posing (reluctantly) by a carving of a fox

After we returned to the boats (we now know to access the grounds on foot you go in the gate to the left of the main gate) we set sail on a very grey day

We only had a short journey to Lymm and managed to get there without getting wet.  Apart from very long lines of moored boats there was not much new to look at as we only came this way a couple of months ago.  There was one 'garden' that caught my eye - you don't know where to look first!

As we approached Lymm there was a boat we know - nb Spadger.  We shared locks with them coming south from Chester in 2016.  There was no one at home, so we could not say hello.

As we arrived under Town Bridge two boats moved off - how lucky was that?

Saturday 13th July

A quiet day off for us which started with a good walk for Monty.  Firstly south along the tow path past this rather lovely house and garden

and we then veered right and right again to join the Trans Pennine Trail back to Lymm

It was a very pleasant walk

We only came across one of these mileposts - apparently there are 1000 of these funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland to mark the creation of the National Cycle Way

The Trans Pennine Way links the North Sea at Hornsey to the Irish Sea some 215 miles away at Southport.  There is also a north south link from Leeds to Chesterfield.

On the way back we passed this magnificent building which is now a doctors' surgery, but was once the Town Hall and Fire Station

Dotted around Lymm are these signposts - thanks to Mr Google I now know that Olyutorskiy Gulf is part of the Bering Sea.

There was another chance to admire the floral displays at Mr Corbett's house - even more colour than when we passed through heading north

There were visits made to the Lymm butcher and baker as well as Sainsburys.  Saturday evening the four of us went out for a meal at Elmas

The noise that assailed us as we entered filled us with dread and yes, it was difficult to talk.  We did, however, get used to it and things improved when the table behind us with 6 small girls, 1 boy, 5 men and 1 lady left.  The food made up for the noise in spades.  I had ordered lamb medallions medium rare - they arrived well done, but they were very apologetic and my whole meal was re-cooked.  I have to say it was worth the wait - they melted in my mouth and the Merlot sauce was deep and rich.  As an apology I was offered a free dessert - well it would have been rude not to have one!  For those of you that know Chris; when I say he ate a starter, main and dessert that says a lot about how good the food was.  Despite the noise I would go back again, but perhaps try to be on the slightly raised level and further away from the bar.

Friday, 12 July 2019

April Again? 11 July 2019

Thursday 11th July 2019
Pennington Flash to Dunham Massey Underbridge
19.25 miles, 0 locks

First thing this morning Monty and I set off to explore some of Pennington Flash.  It was a glorious sunny and warm morning as you can see as I looked back along the cut at the boats.

 I walked back to the footbridge and down the steps (there is a useful bin at the bottom for dog deposits).  Opposite this hide (the first of three I found)

There is a wooden screen to allow you to observe the birds without being spotted

This was my view – two herons (red circles) sharing a stretch of water and presumably looking for their breakfast

I kept walking round to my left where, as I approached the car park, there is a row of benches all in memory of loved ones

With a wonderful view to enjoy as you rest your weary bones

Nearby there is a picnic area and a play park

Heading back this is the third hide I came across and this one was empty, so I could pop in for a look

 It was worth visiting for the views, but I was very disappointed to see that someone had left a pop can, water bottle and the wrappings from whatever snack they had with them.

We ended up at the steps I had come down

And turned left along the ‘low road’ with a view up to the big seat on the towpath above

As we got to a steep path that led back up to the towpath with Cleddau at the top, Monty headed off that way looking back for me to follow

Err…. I don’t think so – my knee would never hack it!

And there we are just behind Cleddau

Follow the path along and veer right and you come to the large lock gates that are fanned out like a book

One has the ‘door’ open

And at the other end the gate’s door is shut – it is rare that we see the bottom of lock gates – we all know there is a door at the bottom to keep water in or let it out, but we never see them.

The path meets the tow path here, turn right and I made my way back to the boat.  On the way I spotted a boat with family name that we became familiar with when we visited Rufford Old Hall.

I wonder if they really are THE family?

It was a wonderful walk and very peaceful. Most of the time all I could hear was the birds singing in the trees and the crunch of my feet as I walked along.  Mind you, in the distance there was always a low rumble of incessant traffic.

We set off shortly after I got back and still in warm sunshine.  The boat name made me smile.  

Photos on route were a bit hit and miss due to the very sudden and very wet ‘April’ showers

We stopped at Bridgewater Marina for diesel – they are very welcoming, helpful and also dog friendly.  Someone likes to garden 

Monty and I jumped ship just after we left the marina – there are often things you find on the towpath that you would never see from the boat.  Nothing particularly special about this rather coffin shaped bench until you look at the 

information at both ends

Having come this way coming north there was little new to see, but a couple of things deserve a second view

The Packet House in Worsley

Monton lighthouse

Barton Swingbridge which once again was not being swung - one day maybe

Another sight spotted whilst Monty and I walked the towpath as we went through Sale

If you include the stop for diesel we were on the go for over 6 hours today – a very long one for us, but we are safely moored near Dunham Massey Underpass.

The rain had come and gone for most of the day, but not long after we moored (and were we thankful it waited) the heavens really did open.  It was torrential.