Kim and John arrived earlier than expected allowing us time to walk up to Hollingworth Lake. This beautiful lake had been dug as a reservoir for the Rochdale Canal, but like most of the other reservoirs it can no longer be used to supply the summit and is now used only for leisure. After a refreshing drink by the lake, one by one we succumbed to temptation and four 99’s complete with chocolate flake were devoured, thus setting the pattern for giving into temptation for the rest of the week.
I had phoned BW and booked our passage over the summit for Friday morning, another 8.30am start and to take some of the strain of Thursday we pulled the pins at 5pm and were through the first three locks without two much trouble, but we did have to stay in the centre of the canal as the water was quite low.
We stopped before lock 45 and John and I strolled up towards the summit and was dismayed to see the pound beyond 39 to be virtually empty, we could only hope that by the morning some water would have flowed down as the summit was up to level.
On our return we finished this beautiful day with a candlelit dinner besides the lock