Friday, 1 April 2011

A very blustery day

Although the town is really nice, mooring in Uppermill is not recommended for more than a couple of nights. Not only can you not get right in to the bank but the railway passes close above the moorings and there are MANY loud and clanky freight trains which pass through town in the early hours, not conducive to a good nights sleep!

Yesterday we decided to do the 'touristy' things and had lunch in Betty's fish & chip shop - not recommended, the chips were awful, hard and not hot enough - followed by the Saddleworth Museum. Now those of you who really know us will know that we're not 'culture vultures' but this is a museum to be recommended. It's full of very interesting items and displays all about the local area, including architecture, ancient history and more recent social culture (pubs & morris men etc.). A very good £2's worth!

Today dawned wet and windy. We did 2 loads of washing before reversing back to the water point to fill the tank then set off back down the 7 locks to Roaches Lock where we will meet my Mother on Sunday for Mother's Day. Since we came up these locks over 10 days ago we've only seen 2 moving boats. Riverdance came down through the tunnel on Wednesday and the horse-drawn boat (minus the horse) Maria came up the locks yesterday ready for the Bicentennial Standedge Tunnel Celebrations this weekend. Considering this is a special weekend you'd imagine there would be lots more boats around but the canal is deserted!
As we left town and decended lock 21W we managed to get a photo of the 4 bat boxes which have been installed in the tunnel under High Street.

I'd like to think they are all inhabited and that dusk sees a "Hammer House of Horrors" scene as they fly out of the tunnel!

Since I took the photo of tonight's mooring spot the water level has dropped about 2 inches and we've had to push the boat out and off the shelf, so although the photo above looks like we are close in to the side, we are actually about 2 foot off at the stern.  It should definitely be called the Huddersfield Shallow, not the Hudderfield Narrow!

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