Friday 31st May 2019
We set off at 8:45 in a grey overcast sky towards Lymm; more specifically The Brewery Tap – spitting distance from the canal. A morning of watching the world going by, admiring gardens and home extensions, a short course in post-industrial architecture and the briefest encounter with the emergency services.
A fire crew arrived at the winding hole just before Stanny Lunt bridge to practice drawing water from the canal and shortly afterwards, two bobbies on electric bicycles (cue for a song) were very interested in tow tatty tupperware boats.
When we arrived at Lymm, the mooring nearest the pub-du-jour was free so we moored. A quick stroll around the pretty village, restocking the fridge at Sainsburys and then into the Brewery Tap for lunch. Excellent real ales (some brewed in the basement) in a pleasant (modern) bar. The only food available was a pork pie, but they were happy for you to bring your own food in as long as it is sourced in the bakery/deli in the village.
There were loads of hikers about. We only discovered the existance of a trail as we were leaving – next time? Onward towards Little Bollington collecting diesel and water on the way. We moored just past the Underbridge (21A) which means we have appeared to have swapped the Liverpool airport flight path for the Manchester one.
Graham spent some time re-arranging the shelves in the airing cupboard whilst I went and recce’d the route to Dunham Massey hall from the underbridge. A 10 minute walk and you are in the deer park. The National Trust allow access to the extensive park, allow picnics where the deer aren’t. If you are not members you pay for visiting the house and garden. Tomorrow’s treat.