Saturday, 14 September 2013

Marple Locks 9-16.

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By the time we reached Lock 8 the lock wheeler was overheating and sighing a lot, so I thought he ought take over as helmsman for a rest. At Lock 9 the canal ducks under a wide road accompanied alongside by a tunnel provided for the working horses to pass through. Nowadays it is used as a pedestrian way and the pictures are taken from either end of it. More of that lovely stonework in evidence here. The men who built these walls must have been proud of their work.

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The last Lock was where I had to reach up to push the lock beams across the lane to open the bottom gates blocking any traffic from passing, temporarily. We were being watched as we turned left at the junction.

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