Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston

Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston

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I’ve just been assaulted by a guy driving a bright pink sports car.

He appeared feeding the ducks. As I passed, he shouted “hey dickhead”, I of course ignored him.

Then he started shouting it more, so I turned around, to see this guy in a woolly jumper and duck food in his hand making kind of squatting motion with his legs, like a football hooligan and shouting obscenities…

I flicked him the finger and drove on.

Next thing you know, he’s pulled up at the next bridge in this bright pink Ferrari or kit car it looked like.

He was walking down and it started again.

I thought he was going to drop something off the bridge on me…. some Unilever dust fell off his shoulder, or there was something on there making him a bit batty.

Anyway, he was saying “stop”, let’s sort this out jump off, “let’s go”.

I said “no”, and told him he was overweight and something else.

Anyways, as I disappeared down the canal, he jumped in his sports vehicle. Revved it up and left.

I expected him to turn up at Anderton services with his friends, where I was filling up with water.

He didn’t.

Strange assault

I can only assume he’s drunk the local water, which was infected many years ago by industry in the area, and it’s tipped his batty scale.

Scary stuff.

Good job i’m used to it, or I wouldn’t have known what to think.


On with the journey.


Today was awful.

Torrential rain.

All day.


I had to light the fire at lunch time because it was simply so depressing.

Got off to a 9am start at Dunham Massey.

There were plenty of people on the Bridgewater, trying to get off like I was.

Bridgewater charges

Avoided paying the Bridgewater charges, which are now £40 apparently.

People have told me different things about these.

  1. They are rigorously enforced and unavoidable.
  2. They are not rigorously enforced and avoidable.

Standard canal “everyone’s an expert”.

My experience is number 2.

If you want to hang around on the Bridgewater in conspicuous places, expect to be paying the charges as detailed on their site.

Anyways, I nipped through, and it didn’t cause me any bother.

Finally got down to the Trent and Mersey.

Preston Brook

20160926_092238Past here the draft and width of the canal becomes a lot less.

In addition to this, the speed you can achieve without creating massive bow waves is also a lot less.

Those happy days of thrashing everywhere around on full throttle are gone. Even approaching 5mph creates a bow wave the size of Krakatoa.

I’ve had to adjust my speed accordingly.

Now at….

Got some water at Anderton services, just before afore mentioned incident happened.

Had tea and am listening to classic FM in the warmth of the fire.

Map – Day 29

I’m now using this Viewranger software, which is a lot more efficient at measuring the journey and placing the photographs.

Video – Day 29

Just a quick bit of timelapse from the Bridgewater canal.

2 thoughts on “Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston

  1. Wuuuu…..not a nice experience but drunks seem fascinated by the canal…remember canal cruising and the White Shed Door!!!!! You’ve survived that ….well done. Glad you’re off the Bridgewater:-) good old T&M…. will you come through the Harecastle this time? The Cheshire locks will be a challenge…enjoy that…..hope some locks are in your favour….and then there’s Stoke 🙁 one very deep lock in the centre + 4 more I think….but once you’re through Stoke it’s rather nice…..pretty countryside, mostly, through to Stone 🙂 ooooooooohhhhhhh enjoy all that:-) xxxx

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