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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Bugsworth Basin

As you approach Bugsworth Basin along a narrow straight length of canal you pass some canal cottages,

then the grander Canal House, home and office of the wharfinger, the manager of the canal basin. He would have been responsible for overseeing the delivery and collection of the goods coming into and leaving the basin.  He would also collect tolls for the Peak Forest Canal Company from the cargoes leaving the basin. The guaging lock was right outside his house.
Alongside the wharves there were warehouses used for storing goods such as cloth, raw cotton, dyes and various other general goods and food brought to Bugsworth by boat then transported along the tramway running out to mills and villages further up the valley.

There were also storage sheds for limestone, and kilns for making lime. The limestone was quarried at Dove Holes and brought along the tram way where it was either loaded straight onto boats, or crushed for ballast, or burnt before being transported by narrowboat.
 The remains of limekilns can be seen here behind the boats.
We walked along the tram way to Chapel-en-le Frith, some of the original stones that supported the rails can clearly be seen on the way. The loaded stone wagons on the tram way would run down by gravity, ponies would pull the wagons on the return journey.

Recognition for the historical importance of the site, brought back into use by the Inland Waterways Protection Society.
                                      Basking in the sunshine was this little beauty.


  1. In Derbyshire, there is so much industrial history connected to the mining and transportation of stone.

    1. Your lovely part of the world, it was lovely to go back.

    2. Actually, we're over an hour by car from Buxworth, but I am rather fond of the whole county :)
      (I just wish we had a coastline.)

  2. Some lovely photos here. We are very proud to call Bugsworth Basin our home, and i'd love to see more people walking and using this beautiful spot that's been lovingly restored by volunteers over 3 decades.

    1. Thanks Mark,
      Can't believe it was 2 months ago we were there. The days go by so fast. Since then we have been to Chester, Ellesmere Port and Llangollen, now on way to Brum. Hope the rest of your summer went well, despite the wet weather.