We had no signals, for tv, phone or internet, so very peaceful and quiet. But a bit like when there's a power cut you keep going to do something, then find you can't! Anyway now I can get you up to date with where we are.
First some pics of the journey from Slaithwaite to Marsden.
We were impressed that the return train tickets from Marsden to Bradford, via Leeds were just £5 each.
Today, three boats were booked to go through the tunnel at 8.30am. One was ahead of us and set off after all the checks etc and with a C&RT escort at about 8.45. We would be next at 9.30. They like to leave a 45 minute gap between boats. Sadly nb Yorky who we have been meeting up with since Huddersfield was not allowed through as it appeared she was too wide to fit through when measured with their rod. However Malcolm and Sue have taken her through at least 5 times previously! We felt so sorry for them, as they had made the effort to come up all those locks, they are trying to get out to Llangollen, so they will now go over the Rochdale.
We were joined by Terry as our escort, same as last year. We were pleased to see a friendly and familiar face.
He is so knowledgeable about the tunnel and is able to point out the low bits, narrow bits and wobbly bits as we get to them, helping Ian with navigating Tacet through. Again we got through with just a few little bumps and no harm done. I didn't want to repeat myself, so haven't given much detail about the tunnel but you can read last year's blog here.
Mostly cut out of rock, the drilling lines are still visible
Along the way adits join to an early train tunnel, now disused.
the C&RT escorts check the boats passing through
driving their van along the old train tunnel
Terry jumped off at the last adit to take these photos for us.
However with the climb we were getting hot, and then the clouds began to clear and so we stripped off,( just the waterproofs) and enjoyed the views over the towns behind us and in front as we went over the hill.
In some places the footpath was narrow, or rocky, or very wet, or all three!
This evening it is warm and sunny here, with lots of local people enjoying the towpath, and we're tired out.
Slaithwaite - Marsden
3 miles, 21 locks, 6 hours
Marsden - Diggle
3 miles, 1 tunnel, 1 hour 40 mins.