It was a lovely morning as we prepared to leave Leek with early weather forecasts promising a nice dry day. As it happens, they had that wrong!
I eventually got the old bearded one up quite early for his walk, he was a little reluctant but I managed it, the old tongue in the ear trick. His argument was quite sound, he said (in dog) that because we are cruising again today and the tow path is in such good condition, the long haired one would love to be taken for a long walk later in the morning.
Well, she was, I had a lovely walk with her right up to the junction of where the Caldon Canal splits. It is an interesting piece of engineering at this junction, here the Leek branch which we leave today, joins the main line to Frogall via an aqueduct. Our onward journey takes us down four locks under this aqueduct and on in a south easterly direction for Frogall where we will be tomorrow night.
We stopped at Cheddleton Flint Mill as they wanted to do some drawing of these ancient buildings. An interesting twin water wheel structure then it started to rain. It was only a short shower but they abandoned the sketching and enjoyed a coffee break instead before continuing on our journey and they had a picnic lunch ‘on the hoof’. Whatever that means I think they meant on the roof. Anyway, I didn’t get any.
It was the early afternoon when we descended the last couple of locks and this is where my long haired one had a small accident, she put her foot in a hole and is now limping. I don’t think it is too serious but it might threaten my walking for a while.
We arrived at the village of Cheddleton where we are going to moor overnight. This is the home of the Churnet Valley Steam Railway, see my photos today. My long haired one sitting in the old station drawing, and a little Polish Tank engine at full steam.
We are moored outside The Boat (PH) where Mr Marston lives. My bearded one knows him well and I am sure we will be going to see him and after that we are going to have a nice quiet evening in – just the three of us as we are all quite tired.