Just in time
25th April 2009
We seem to have sneaked round the South Pennine Ring just in time.
Plan A had been to come in to the Huddersfield Narrow from the Trent, but this was quashed by the weir collapse at Cooper Bridge.
Plan B was to approach from the south via the Peak Forest, but this was impossible due to an oil leak.
Plan C worked out OK by approaching from Manchester and we got round without any significant problem.
Now I see that the Ashton is blocked by a tangle of wire under a gate and, if that wasn't enough, the repair to the Salterhebble Guillotine lock (which was jury rigged for our passage) has hit snags and is now closed to traffic.
The area seems beset with problems at the moment - it looks like we were very lucky with our timing!
Photos courtesy of Pennine Waterways.