Windy journey up to Stalybridge, moored by Tescos and stocked up with wine. Karen finishes her antibiotics (after toothache a week ago) just in time to start drinking again for her birthday.

The first lock on the Huddersfield, vandal proof hydraulic winding gear for gates and paddles, fenced around with razor wire – despite this we decided to continue and the locals have been very friendly (so far).

Roly has a bandage on his tail which has started to bleed again from one of his many lumps. Poor boy is still showing great enthusiasm and interest (in food) for a dog of nearly 17 years.

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