On this video we explore Manchester around the Castlefield Basin area. we then continue our journey down the Bridgewater Canal, stopping at Lymm.
We stayed in Castlefield Basin for 2 nights, exploring Manchester City. Castlefield Basin was a pleasant surprise, nice moorings although noisy at times. Lots of pubs and cafes in the area with alfresco dining. A regular haunt for artists, as we saw several each day sitting on the benches and grassy areas painting or drawing the sights in front of them. The old warehouses around the basin have been renovated into offices or homes and the basin was busy with narrowboats coming and going. The city centre is about 15 mins walk away. Visited the Science and Industry Museum, for a free museum was OK but wouldn't necessarily have paid to go in.
We left Castlefield on 3rd November and travelled down the Bridgewater Canal. Once through the Rochdale 9 locks we were on the Bridgewater Canal so only had 7 days on our Canal and River trust Licence. This canal is managed by a consortium of 8 local authorities and The Peel Group and is described as Englands first Canal.
We moored up by Dunham Town Bridge and took a 20 min walk to the National Trust Property of Dunham Massey Hall. This lovely property is well worth a visit with beautiful gardens and an ancient deer park, perfect for an autumn walk.
On 4th November we continued to cruise down to Lymm, where we moored up in this great little village , with a small co-op for daily provisions. We took a walk up to the dam along the little footpath by the village pond called the Dingle and enjoyed a beautiful walk around the dam taking in the vibrant autumn colours and wild life.