Chased by sheep – Little Bedwyn Taking a long walk…. Great Bedwyn -> Little Bedwyn Sunday on the canal Crofton Meadows -> Great Bedwyn Wolf Hall -> Crofton Meadows Brimslade -> Wolf Hall My first Zander Wotton Rivers -> Brimslade Most visited sites on the internet ABS LP110 Leisure battery for a narrowboat Burbage wharf Mooring in Wootton Rivers, Wiltshire Sunday in Pewsey Measuring the draft Looking for moorings around Wootton River/Clench New button fitted! Milkhouse Water, Wiltshire Now in Pewsey, CRT mooring rules Get into Stonehenge free Flaperon from MH370; no story – 1 month on Skyrim V Connect/’sign in’ to ‘open network’ wifi on Windows 10 My personal Strava movie – 2016 The biggest hacks of 2016 – A year in hacking US vs Bullying China Russian Google and Reddit misdirects skewing Google Analytics First complaint Winter electricity usage Devizes The fight for freedom, Not In My Back Yard Donald Trump – Puppet masters, Parody to victory, and the march to nationalism US Presidential elections 2016 Taking a narrowboat on the Thames Giles Wood – Melksham Bonny Journey List of dead bankers 2016 – conspiracy update Day 38 – Taunton to Exeter Day 37 – Seend Park to Taunton Day 36 – Seend Park to Bradford on Avon Day 49 – Caen Hill Marina to Seend Park Bleeding a BMC 1800 marine engine 3 Reasons you won’t ever tell me 9/11 was not an inside job Day 48 – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Devizes – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Honey Street to Devizes Day 46 – Great Bedwyn to Honey Street Day 45 – Newbury to Great Bedwyn Day 43 – Theale to Newbury Day 42 – Goring to Theale Day 41 – Oxford to Goring Day 40 – Aynho to Oxford Day 39 – Claydon to Aynho Day 38 – Flecknoe to Claydon Day 37 – Ansty to Flecknoe Day 36 – Alvecote to Ansty Day 35 – Kings Bromley to Alvecote Day 34 – Little Haywood to Kings Bromley News Winter moorings Day 33 – Stone to Little Haywood Day 32 – Kidsgrove to Stone Day 31 – Wheelock to Kidsgrove Cask ale week – Use your mobile to claim free beer Chimney repairs Day 30 – Marston to Wheelock Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston Viewranger mapping app Day 28 – Plank Lane to Dunham Massey Day 27 – Crooke to Plank Lane The anti-Blair cometh…. Day 26 – Rufford to Crooke Day 25 – Morecambe to Rufford – 1,000th post eva! Six companies are about to merge into the biggest farm-business oligopoly in history Day 25 – Hawes to Morecambe Day 24 – Durham to Hawes Day 23 – Newcastle to Durham Day 22 – Norham to Newcastle Day 21 – Edinburgh to Norham Day 20 – Dundee to Edinburgh Day 19 – Aberdeen to Dundee Day 18 – Buckie to Aberdeen Day 17 – Inverness to Buckie Day 16 – Helmsdale to Inverness Day 15 – Helmsdale Day 14 – John O’Groats to Helmsdale Inverness and over the border Travelling by train with a bike UNESCO PLACES OF WORSHIP Day 11 – Tarleton to St. Mary’s Marina, Rufford Day 10 – Tarleton lock Day 9 – Crooke to Tarleton Day 8 – Plank Lane to Crooke Day 7 – Grappenhall to Leigh Day 6 – Marston to Grapplington Bonny Journey – Day 5 – Church Minshull to Marston Bonny Journey – Day 4 – Audlem to Church Minshull Bonny Journey – Day 3 – Gnosall to Audlem Bonny Journey – Day 2 – Calf Heath to Gnosall Bonny Journey – Day 1 – Saturday 27th August
Barton Swing Bridge

Day 7 – Grappenhall to Leigh

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South Manchester, money zone. To Leigh, working class zone.

The air is fresher here.

There are no motorways.

I’m moored overlooking Pennington Flash on the outskirts of Leigh on the Leeds and Liverpool canal.

Now back on Canal and River Trust land, off Bridgewater Canal which seems like a zombie-land comparatively.

Bridgewater Investment co.

It seems like Manchester keeps it’s waterways open for posterity reasons.

For example, Bridgewater Canal sold angling rights in one deal. Signed a deal with one company to deal with the whole of their 200 mile odd network.

The same with the collection of fees from boaters, sold the rights to another company to collect on behalf of the network.

The Manchester ship canal. Bridges maintained and assets manned. Nothing actually works and no ships use it.

It seems they’re maintaining the waterways as a token of a bygone era. They’re not living and breathing things in the same way CRT waterways are. They’re future-less remnants of the past.

When they opened the waterways up, they moaned that too many people were staying on them.

Reeks of capitalist opportunism.

Linotype factory – Sale

Linotype factoryThis is where they invented metal typefacing. If you pressed more than 3 keys at once, they used to jam the typewriter.

They never got around that problem.

Now the typewriter is consigned to history, much like the Linotype factory.

I see it’s being knocked down by Nic Brooks, kind of a school-friend of me and Kerri. Kerri’s friend Sharon used to call him ‘Nicky bosch’ on account of his hands being like sandpaper.

I guess they’re even worse now…

Barton Swing Bridge

Barton Swing BridgeMoving through the main part of Manchester, I turn left onto the Leigh branch just as we come out of Sale.

This is even quieter than the main part of the Bridgewater.

I carry on up to the Barton Swing bridge where the Bridgewater crosses the Manchester Ship Canal.

It’s an iconic view down the river and shouldn’t be missed.

The boats down come up this way anymore. I guess they just don’t have the facilities to deal with them anymore.

The canal is still here though, and it’s deep.

Not a sole around, just the cars on the road.

The waterways are dead.

I carry on up to the hinterland of the canal, Worsley.


Using the canals it was possible to carry 10 times more fuel than a horse and cart.

The mines at Worsley supplied the factories of Salford and fuelled the industrial revolution in Manchester.

Underground canals. Imagine. Bet they were nice places to work. Wonder what the death rate was in there.

Pretty high I’d say.

Someone has got their barge stuck in the mud in the entrance to one of these caves and is reversing it like mad when I approach.

…day boaters….


Old mill town.

Butts Mill looks like a giant industrial version of Xanadu looming over the town’s terraces and dis-used industrial plots.

On the outskirts of town I go for a walk around Pennington Flash.

As I approach the car-park and leisure boating area, I experience a collection of Pokemon hunters.

There are families. Solo Pokémon hunters, girls, boys, women.

Pretty much every demographic seems to be here checking for Pokémon. Or battling it out in the gym.

I didn’t turn mine on. Still. It was a nice walk.

Map – Day 7

Day 7 video

Just a bit of timelapse.

This is taken from Barton Swing Bridge up to Pennington Flash, Leigh.

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  1. WOW!!! looks like you had a different kind of experience on this stretch. Going through the outskirts of the city was interesting….so much history. Lovely photos…..thanks…really enjoyed seeing them. Looks as if you got a nice place to moor up. Not far to go now to tidal waters…..time to prepare….mid rope secure and close to hand…..tank full of disel….lifebelt on the roof 🙂 very exciting….look forward to the pictures of the Leigh Branch. Weather today not so good – tomorrow a better day and the next week outlook good. Enjoy your travels and we’re looking forward to your next posting. xx

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