Monday, 24 November 2008

Time out in Taddington

Still moored at BW Red Bull yard.

Red Bull lock 43 taken from the Maccesfield aqueduct

On Friday morning we deserted ship and were picked up by our boat friends Iain and Myra of Nb Martlet who we first met on the River Thames last year. Thank you both for such a fantastic and enjoyable weekend. We hope to meet up again in the new year. What bliss to enjoy a bath for the first time in two years! When they are not out on the "Cut" they spend some of the time in residence in the charming little village of Taddington, Derbyshire in the Peak District. The view from their lounge and kitchen was nothing less than spectacular looking down the valley across rural land with its stone walls marking out the farmers fields.

Saturday we went out to have a look at the local scenery and what is left of the railways of the district. The local station was still standing but the tracks have all been ripped up but there is still a freight line from 3 quarries in the Buxton area where bulk hopper wagons are loaded for shipment to all parts of the country hauled by class 58 and 66 diesel's.

Sunday morning we were greeted by snow and very cold temperatures. The snow was only a light smattering but enough to give the hills a whitish tinge. Icicles hung off the shed roof and didn't disappear until early afternoon. Mid afternoon and we had to farewell this enchanting village and head back to the boat and get ourselves organised for the Harecastle tunnel tomorrow morning. The tunnel is only a mile and 3 locks away but when we booked our passage we were told to be there by 8.30 so it's an early start tomorrow.

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