Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

A day out around Manchester

Today we met up with Tom and Jan, writers of the blog Narrowboat Waiouru, who are now over here in the UK. The weather performed for us, and was warm and sunny for the whole day. We had a look around the Portland Basin Museum, <Click>, before heading out of Ashton-Under-Lyne, towards Huddersfield and The Hartshead Inn for lunch, <Click>.
The Portland Basin Museum is located in the centre of Ashton-Under-Lyne, at the junction of the Ashton, Peak Forest, and Huddersfield Narrow Canals. The museum itself is built within a refurbished 1834 canal warehouse on a wharf at the junction.

The junction of three canals. The Peak Forest goes off to the left under the bridge, the Ashton, towards the chimney, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, behind me. This canal heads then off towards the Standedge (pronounced Stannige) tunnel over the Pennines, and is Britain's highest canal. <Click>. At over 5000 metres long and 194 metres deep underground, it is also Britain's highest, longest and deepest tunnel. Reopened to traffic in 2001, it is now navigable under the power of your own boat, albeit accompanied by a BW representative. The through trip takes over 3 hours, and has to be pre-booked.

Portland Basin Museum is built within a canal warehouse, and is what might be called a social and industrial history museum, with exhibits of machinery and room settings taken straight from a bygone era.

There are several old wooden work boats awaiting restoration in the wharf, including Hazel, which was featured in Waterways World recently. She is currently being restored by the Wooden Canal Boat Society, <Click>, and will be put to use for a very good cause when complete. They need your support!

Tom, Jan and Margaret inside the museum.

Once our visit here had finished, we headed off over the moors to the pub for lunch.....

The sun shone, and we had a very pleasant chat over lunch, outdoors on the patio area at the rear of The Hartshead Inn. A very pleasant day out. If you would like to do the same, the location of the museum is below. Access by canal can be from The Bridgewater, Rochdale, Ashton canals from Manchester, or from the Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey canals from the Midlands.

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  1. Two of the most helpful bloggers we've encountered meeting up! Lovely to see.

  2. Hi Elly, we hope to be able to do something similar with the both of you when you get over here. It is great putting personalities and faces to people you have "known" for ages via Blogger.


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