Farewell Alistair –  19th June 2022

It was all over so quickly. Alistair awoke very refreshed and ready to start the next leg of his seven-week tour. We all caught the train from Marple to Manchester Piccadilly Station which was only a 20-minute train ride away. It had taken us five days to cover the same distance.

It was a fond farewell as he headed off to London for the next few days. He has a very full agenda lined up as well as catching up with some university friends.

Back on the train to return to Marple and we zipped passed the Marple Aqueduct – it was gone in a blur.

We had a quick but great conversation with the train driver as we got off at Marple station. He was telling us that he loved his job and that his training involved cramming a degrees worth of work into one year.

Back to Ange De L’Eau to cruise to the end of the Peak Forest Canal which we had done in June 2016.

One of our favourite gardens along the way.

As we cruised along the canal you look across the valley to this gorgeous vista. It does remind us a lot of when we did the Brecon Beacons canal down in the south of Wales a few years back.

We moored up at Bugsworth Basin which is where we spent Di’s birthday back in June 2016 with Marlene and Wolfgang celebrating with tea and scones on our hire boat nb Lucy. It was pouring cats and dogs and we discovered that Lucy was not that waterproof in spots.

This time it was not raining!!!

It was once a busy interchange with the Peak Forest Tramway, for the transport of limestone and burnt lime.

Construction of the six-mile Peak Forest Tramway in 1795 linked Bugsworth Basin to the limestone and gritstone quarries in Derbyshire, and the canal linked Bugsworth to Manchester and the trans-Pennine canal network. With these transport systems in place Bugsworth thrived commercially.

Fraser headed out for a walk to check out the area. The Peak Forest Canal gets its name from the Peak District. It  is one of the UK’s most visited national parks spanning around 555 square miles. The most common activities include walking in the Peak District, the wide ranges of places to visitclimbingcaving, and camping.

A little gem to finish off the blog.

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