1-3. The canal between us and the stop-planks.
4. Stop-planks in place at lift-bridge 21.
The ice is 2-3" thick in places so the idea of setting off and breaking through it on a run down to Marple was a fleeting one. Never mind the thought of turning the boat through 90 degrees to get through the bridge hole at Marple Junction.
Three cheers for the Peak Forest Canal Carrying Company/Renaissance. Visit Brian and Ann Marie's blog at www.furnessvale.blogspot.com
Due to the ice and the canal stoppage here, Brian came out to us by road yesterday and 'barrowed' 2.5 cwt of coal a quarter of a mile along the towpath from the nearest road bridge. He then did the same, plus 40ltrs of diesel, for Nigel and his narrowboat 'Middle C' moored astern of us. Thanks Brian.
A section of the upper Peak Forest Canal above Strines has now been de-watered for repairs to begin on the aqueduct next week. Stop planks are also in place across the canal at bridge 22 and 23.