Monday 8 December

Alton arrived as arranged and stocked us up with diesel, coal and gas. With a cheery wave Brian grinned and said ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’.  (We’ve not heard that one before!)

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Max and I walked to Bugsworth Basin and we spotted this weather forecast and happy pig along the way.

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The Basin was once a thriving port on the canal but is now a sleepy backwater and conservation area with the River Goyt running down one side of it that drowns out the noise of the A6 which passes along the other side.   In the Summer time when the trees have leaves, you don’t notice the road at all.

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As the sun was shining we decided to make the most of it and take Max for a longer walk along the old Peak Forest Tramway to Chinley and back. There was a thin dusting of snow on the hills around us.

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Even the trees know that Christmas is just round the corner as we spotted this elk …

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We got caught in a couple of sleety showers while we were out but were back at the boat before lunchtime and spent the afternoon enjoying the tranquillity, reading and watching further sleety showers come and go.

Tonight we may visit The Navigation Inn, the only business still operating in the Basin.

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