Graeme and Graham joined Sue and me on this overcast but dry morning, for a short walk from Marple Bridge. Commuting seems to have returned to normal, with the free car park next to the Midland Hotel just about full - commuters having taken the train into Manchester.
The canal is closed at present. Men were at work on it, and large explanatory notices informed us as to the project generally. (Click on the image for a better version.)
A little further on, the canal was full of water, but obviously not navigable until the end of February.
We followed the towpath over the impressive aqueduct that was opened in 1800. The rails on the far side are a very recent addition, and the whole structure shows signs of having recently been 'serviced'.
With no flowers of note to photograph, this fungi is all I can manage by way of 'Natural History' in this posting.
I've written about this early cast iron bridge before. If you click on the second image below you should be able to read all about it.
Next Friday - Around Burtonwood - here's the flier from topwalks.com: