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IanD

Cheshire Ring mooring questions

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Planning for this year's trip, Cheshire Ring (plus Peak Forest) anticlockwise starting from Anderton, and have a few questions about moorings... (we last did this trip about 10 years ago)

 

Planning to moor at King's Lock VM in Middlewich (good chippy + pub) but these are right next to a road -- are they very noisy? Further down above Big Lock is quieter but this adds another 4 locks to the 30 we'll be doing the following day on the way to the Blue Bell...

 

Is there usually space at Whaley Bridge VM just before the basin (for The Fryery + Goyt Inn :-) or are they likely to be full? (midweek in early September)

 

Ditto Castlefield, there have been reports it's gone downhill (and filled up) recently but above Duke's Lock doesn't look good either from the pictures I've found.

 

P.S. Have searched all the forums (and followed pub/food recommendations) but am looking for up-to-date advice ?

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Kings lock moorings are very noisy, it's a busy road. Nowhere quiet down there really till you get to Wheelock.

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1 minute ago, Arthur Marshall said:

Kings lock moorings are very noisy, it's a busy road. Nowhere quiet down there really till you get to Wheelock.

Thanks Arthur. Unfortunately timings mean it's got be be somewhere in Middlewich on our first night... ?

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18 minutes ago, IanD said:

Thanks Arthur. Unfortunately timings mean it's got be be somewhere in Middlewich on our first night... ?

Reverse up the Wardle canal and through Wardle lock, plenty of quiet moorings then.

How long is the boat? we know all the possible winding points for various lengths on the Middlewich branch of the Shroppy.

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35 minutes ago, IanD said:

Thanks Arthur. Unfortunately timings mean it's got be be somewhere in Middlewich on our first night... ?

Now that Middlewich Boats are no longer operational i have seen boat moored along that stretch quite regularly.

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33 minutes ago, Boater Sam said:

Reverse up the Wardle canal and through Wardle lock, plenty of quiet moorings then.

How long is the boat? we know all the possible winding points for various lengths on the Middlewich branch of the Shroppy.

69'. Hadn't thought of that, moored there when we did the Four Counties...

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If it’s only for one night, I’d stay above King’s lock and suffer the noise. 

 

If Whaley Bridge VM’s are full, which they probably won’t be, then use Bugsworth Basin?

 

Mooring above lock 92 at Castlefield seems to more popular now so it’s probably ok. There were a few boats there for awhile when I was in Manchester last month. 

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18 minutes ago, Steve_C said:

Now that Middlewich Boats are no longer operational i have seen boat moored along that stretch quite regularly.

You mean between the three locks and King's lock?

Just now, Goliath said:

If it’s only for one night, I’d stay above King’s lock and suffer the noise. 

 

If Whaley Bridge VM’s are full, which they probably won’t be, then use Bugsworth Basin?

 

Mooring above lock 92 at Castlefield seems to more popular now so it’s probably ok. There were a few boats there for awhile when I was in Manchester last month. 

Did Bugsworth (and the Navigation) last time, fancied a change this time...

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Just now, IanD said:

69'. Hadn't thought of that, moored there when we did the Four Counties...

69' is a long boat! the next full size winding hole up the branch is around bridge 19, a 2.7 mile reverse so not practical. But if you fancy showing off your reversing skills, there are good places to moor all the way up to  before Stanthorne lock where the breach was.

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Travelling anti clockwise you could stay in Piccadilly village overnight before doing the Rochdale 9. 

Very safe. And there are brand new mooring rings by the Aquaduct. 

Up early do the locks and be in Lymm for teatime. 

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4 hours ago, Goliath said:

Travelling anti clockwise you could stay in Piccadilly village overnight before doing the Rochdale 9. 

Very safe. And there are brand new mooring rings by the Aquaduct. 

Up early do the locks and be in Lymm for teatime. 

Doesn't fit with planned stops -- Middlewich, Kidsgrove, Bollington, Whaley Bridge, Dukinfield, Castlefield, Leigh...

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4 hours ago, Goliath said:

Travelling anti clockwise you could stay in Piccadilly village overnight before doing the Rochdale 9. 

Very safe. And there are brand new mooring rings by the Aquaduct. 

Up early do the locks and be in Lymm for teatime. 

Which aqueduct is that please? I can't quite work it out.

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If you have time go down the little flight of locks in Middlewich and moor anywhere on the pound above the Big Lock, walk back up to the pub at Kings lock for a good pint.

Castlefeild is not what it used to be but is still the best mooring in central Manchester, but space is limited, sometimes there is a space on the long term mooring side, if so use that. Wharf pub is very good for beer and food  but not the cheapest.

 

.............Dave

 

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4 hours ago, Goliath said:

 

If Whaley Bridge VM’s are full, which they probably won’t be, then use Bugsworth Basin?

My experience a couple of times last year is Whaley Bridge arm being wedged full of boats, even those on the VMs  looked pretty permanent as we pottered about looking for a mooringnto visit Whaley Bridge (which we never achieved).  Same thing in the arm towards Bugsworth Basin, so we had no hope of mooring for a reasonable walk to Tesco either. The basin itself on the other hand was pretty easy to moor in, perhaps because there's someone there monitoring stay times?

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9 hours ago, dmr said:

If you have time go down the little flight of locks in Middlewich and moor anywhere on the pound above the Big Lock, walk back up to the pub at Kings lock for a good pint.

Castlefeild is not what it used to be but is still the best mooring in central Manchester, but space is limited, sometimes there is a space on the long term mooring side, if so use that. Wharf pub is very good for beer and food  but not the cheapest.

 

.............Dave

 

We'll be coming from Anderton so the choice is either moor above the Big Lock or go up the flight to save time the following day. Beer in the King's Lock was the plan, unfortunately that don't do fantastic food like they used to so maybe the chippy opposite which is highly recommended. Also Knott Bar at Castlefield, beer and food better than the Wharf.

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9 hours ago, Sea Dog said:

My experience a couple of times last year is Whaley Bridge arm being wedged full of boats, even those on the VMs  looked pretty permanent as we pottered about looking for a mooringnto visit Whaley Bridge (which we never achieved).  Same thing in the arm towards Bugsworth Basin, so we had no hope of mooring for a reasonable walk to Tesco either. The basin itself on the other hand was pretty easy to moor in, perhaps because there's someone there monitoring stay times?

People mooring for long periods on scarce VMs is one of the curses of the canals nowadays... ?

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1 hour ago, IanD said:

We'll be coming from Anderton so the choice is either moor above the Big Lock or go up the flight to save time the following day. Beer in the King's Lock was the plan, unfortunately that don't do fantastic food like they used to so maybe the chippy opposite which is highly recommended. Also Knott Bar at Castlefield, beer and food better than the Wharf.

Will investigate as we will be in Manchester next month. We are very limited as dog can't be left alone so need dog friendly pubs which are few and far between in Manchester. Spending winter up at Hebden Bridge and Todmorden has been great as all the pubs, most shops, and a fair few cafes all take dogs.

 

.............Dave

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On 06/04/2019 at 23:19, Keeping Up said:

Which aqueduct is that please? I can't quite work it out.

There's an aqueduct between Piccadilly Village basin and the turning onto the Rochdale.

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On 09/04/2019 at 15:25, adam1uk said:

There's an aqueduct between Piccadilly Village basin and the turning onto the Rochdale.

map.PNG

And Jutland Street on the left of the photo is probably the steepest street in Manchester. It used to be cobbled, but I don't know if it still is, and 'exciting' to drive down in a 2CV.

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There is a quiet spot to moor just south of Middlewich - the canal ducks under the main road in a small cutting next to a farm. We used to moor there on our last night when hiring from Midlewich narrowboats.

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Re. Whaley Bridge if you're lucky you might be able to moor on the right at the end of the canal. It's much nicer here than the few visitor moorings which are very dark, with the odd bit of crime going on. These moorings are technically in a winding hole but it's acceptable to moor there. If you arrive on the wrong Wednesday (one in every two) and get there in the morning expect Stuart the coal man to move your boat in the afternoon. 

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On ‎06‎/‎04‎/‎2019 at 18:37, IanD said:

You mean between the three locks and King's lock?

Did Bugsworth (and the Navigation) last time, fancied a change this time... 

If you moor at Bugsworth and fancy a change with good beer, walk up the lane beyond the Navigations car park for about ten minutes and you come out at the Old Hall and Papermill both sell a great range of beer and do good food, and they walk back to the Navi before dark to finish off the evening on another six real ales

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