Judging by today's strong breeze, and these 'floaters' in the canal, the treescape is changing rapidly towards a more wintry view.
As an addendum to yesterday's entry, I'm inserting the next picture. There's a bridleway that runs from the aqueduct over the River Mersey, parallel with the canal towpath for a few hundred metres, to the point where the Trans Pennine Trail is met near Watch House Cruising Club. Until yesterday, I'd not used the bridleway for a while as it suffers from bramble and nettle ingress in the summer. The picture shows a swathe of freshly cleared vegetation in the narrow strip between the bridleway and the towpath. I can only assume that it's an effort to clear rampant Himalayan Balsam from the area.
It can't be for horses as there's no suitable exit point for them.