However Richard called me up on deck as we approached the Marple Aqueduct which carries the canal 100 feet above the River Goyt. The aqueduct was started in May 1794 and filled with water in 1800. The railway viaduct next the aqueduct is even higher and pretty spectacular.
Ha – the lockless canal didn’t last long as we had the 16 locks of the Marple Flight to tackle. It was very hot and I wasn’t really looking forward to it. We agreed to do 4 locks each then swop over. I did the locks first but when I got to lock 3 a walker told me that the pound between locks 6 and 7 was very low. I thanked him and walked up to have a look. Well there are low pounds and low pounds but this one was practically empty! Even a rowing boat would have had a problem getting through! I phoned C&RT who told me that one of the emergency team would go out to let some water down.
|This is what I call a low pound!|
|The canal at Marple|
At the top we moored up and opened a bottle of chilled sauvigon blanc and relaxed!
Stanley Lift Bridge to Junction of Macclesfield & Peak Forest Canals7.78 miles
1 lift bridge