The Bridgewater Canal is lockless and so the journey has seemed long today, back towards Manchester stopping only at Lymm for a bit of grocery shopping. But on the way we have passed through Moore, Walton, Stockton Heath, Lymm, Dunham, Sale, Stretford and then at Waters Meeting we turned towards Worsley.
Old and New sites at Sale.
At the Linotype works new houses have been put up since we came past last year, so there was not such a good view of the front of the building with its clock tower.
This picture was taken last year, with the builders just starting work on the new homes.
We have seen three families of late season ducklings today, making up for earlier in the year (remember the cold wet spring?) when there were not so many as usual.
And tonight we are moored close to the Trafford Centre.
The Trafford Centre is a large shopping centre built with rococo/baroque architecture on land once part of the Manchester Ship Canal Company. It was developed by the Peel Holdings Group who took over the MSCC in 1986. It cost £600 million to build and was finished in 2008.
Those of you who know Ian well will be surprised that he stopped here and went in. Those of you who know Ian well will not be surprised that he did not go in any of the shops and did not spend any money! But then neither did I. We did however get some food from the Orient Food Hall, which is laid out as though a cruise ship, presumably in homage to the great ships that once came up to Manchester on the Ship Canal.
Norton(Runcorn) – Trafford Centre, 22 miles