|Greenie driving the narrow boat|
|The picturesque and tranqil country canals|
|Greenie on an aqueduct|
The Cheshire Ring has quite a few locks which you manage yourself. Some countries have lock keepers and fixed times to move through locks. On the Cheshire Ring, you can pass through these locks any time of the day although it is not recommended that you cruise at night. Opening and closing a lock doesn’t require great strength but you do need the British Waterways equipment to be able to lift bridges, access water points and open some of the locks.
|Moored up after Manchester|
|Getting ready to knock in pegs to tie up for the night|
|Somewhere on the Cheshire Ring|
The Rochdale Nine are double-width locks. They have larger heavier gates at each end as opposed to single-width gates. Because the gates are so heavy, they have a complicated chain winding system to move them. I could not get the chain system to work.
|A really remote mooring|
I had let my husband do all the driving, but now, all of a sudden, I had to learn how to drive, steer and manoeuvre this boat. The other option was to spend the night in Manchester, which wasn’t an option.
|The last lock before the end of our trip|
The rest of our trip along the Macclesfield Canal which followed from the Rochdale was a pleasure and we took turns driving the boat. I guess had it not been for the Rochdale Nine, I would probably not have tried to steer the boat.
For more Holiday Horror Stories you can read - (Not) Welcome to the UK, Wrong airport in India and Taxi in Zanzibar. You can go back to the Travel Archive Page for more on other holidays and trips.
Follow this link for a virtual journey of the Rochdale Nine - virtual jouney through the Rochdale Nine.