Canals in Manchester, Bingley ,Glasson,Falkirk and Fort William

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Although Scotland was on the agenda for our trip in September so was the Welsh Highland Railway, Whitby and any canal sites we happened to be near.

Some photographs of the canal we saw:-

A classic view of Bingley 5 Rise
Three views around Castlefield Basin, the Manchester Science Museum is under the bridge on the right

The Bridgewater Canal comes in from the left with the Science Museum straight ahead under the ornate railway bridge

Excellent moorings in Castlefield Basin, the lock leading to the Rochdale Canal is out off shot on the left.

The 5 staircase locks at Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal

A very varied selection of boats and ships at Glasson Basin, the narrowboat is moving away from the sea locks onto the Lancaster Canal.

The Falkirk Wheel in action bringing a boat down from the Edinburgh & Glasgow Union Canal to the Forth & Clyde Canal.

A leap of faith onto the wheel, the site is very impressive-if only they could get the Foxton Incline Plane

One of the trip boats arrive for the flight down.

View to Calcutt locks

Sorry I have not posted anything recently but we have only managed a few quick trips to the boat to check all is ok. As we had finally decided it was time to  downsize from 2 to 1 car and Anne said a very sad farewell to her Jazz at the end of August. We have never been to The Highlands of Scotland so therefore decided that to get to know the new car an autumn  car touring trip to Scotland instead of a cruise on BB would be a good idea.
We did 2500 miles in 3 weeks and did manage to visit some canal sites, I'll post some pictures of the trip later.
The pictures below are of our trip to the boat in October.
A great thing to have on a narrow boat but the questions would  go on for a very long time!

The view from our new mooring is of a very old boat(note to self to try and find out more about it) and the bottom Calcutt lock through the trees

One of the days when we were on the boat was very wet so we had a trip out to the Heritage Motor Museum at Gaydon. Its well worth a trip- this is the vehicle Land Rover produced for the Judge Dredge movie
These are MGs used to obtain the land speed record for 1500cc powered cars-one of which was driven by Stirling Moss in the early 50's
We are getting a large group of Canada geese coming to the marina to roost overnight. Something spooked them just before dusk.