A leisurely start for both boats. First up a swing bridge with a major road to close. Diana was thankful we were the second boat and just had to wait for the bridge to open. We stopped for water and in the 30 minutes we were there the bridge was swung twice more holding up a significant number of vehicles. Stopped in Leigh for food shopping and then continued on to the Bridgewater Marina for the night as we needed a pump out in the morning. Strange thing was we were moored where when we stepped off the boats we were in a beer garden. Nice food, including pudding.
Thursday 7 August. 8 miles
Dave and Angie left before us as Angie hadn't been to Worsley and wanted to stop there. After our pumpout we followed on and arrived in Worsley as Angie was returning to the boat. Crossed over the Manchester Ship Canal and pulled in at the Trafford Centre, a huge shopping complex. No intention of shopping but we went in to see all the figurines. The girls had a ride on the carousel. Continued on and decided to go back into Manchester as it was less than an hour out of our way and last time we passed through we were rushing to make our date on the Ribble
|Following "Lady Esther" over the Barton swing bridge across the Manchester ship Canal.|
|Trafford Centre from the canal entrance|
|The entrance to Trafford Centre|
|Some of the many figurines|