Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Bugsworth Basin 2.

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The Navigation Inn does lovely roast Sunday lunches which we had to sample while we were there, of course .Bugsworth was one of the largest inland ports ever to be created and was a hive of activity for over one hundred years.  Here are a small selection of preserved features that have been saved.

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This sweet little boat was moored in the upper basin all alone when we arrived. The stone slabs where the tippler trucks ran on the inclined plane are still mostly in situe. Some of them are in this pic by Oakfield. Only the pillar of the Cantilever Jib Crane remain in the upper basin.

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On my early morning circular walkabout the Pigs were greeting each other through the gate. A little further down on the Black Brook were the remains of Britannia Mill which was a wire mill that had been destroyed by a fire. I just had to photograph these Geese as they were posing so nicely!

We very much enjoyed our stay in Bugsworth Basin with its interesting industrial past and  it’s present tranquil setting and wildlife. Thanks to the I.W.P.S who have done, and continue to do much work on the site. Information is available via boards placed all around and by leaflets. There are full boaters facilities here too, so at last we could unload all our stored up rubbish! Himself had to have words with the boater opposite for running his engine in tick over reverse gear. He said he was warming the engine whilst charging his batteries. Himself pointed out that it is against the rules to do this as it erodes the canal bank away. He apologised and took it out of gear straight away.

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