We started up Marple locks at 11.00 this morning - we don't do early starts.........
A single hander had passed us about half an hour before we set off so most of the locks were set against us and Roger had to empty them before we could go in.
The majority of lock sides are covered with hanging slimy greenery
Marple is a very pretty flight of locks and many of the pounds are over-run by these wild orchids
One of the locks, I think it was no.3, was totally devoid of any growth which was a bit strange
but meant we could see the mason's marks
Roger did most of the work as Marple locks are quite heavy and the bottom beams are at an awkward height and I'm still supposed to be taking it easy. He did give in though and let me wind the top paddles down and open the top gate.
We managed to get a mooring just after the junction and adjourned to the Ring o'Bells pub, supposedly for a late lunch but unfortunately they weren't serving food due to a large funeral party so we just had a drink and carried on.
At Higher Poynton we dumped the rubbish and had a quick chat with Bruce and Sheila from n.b.Sanity Again. We couldn't get moored though as Braidbar have commandeered all the mooring spots for their open day on Saturday, so we carried on and moored at Lyme View.