A stay in Bugsworth Basin

There isn’t a boater I know who doesn’t love a stay in Bugsworth Basin. It’s an amazing spot and we were lucky to be there in wonderful weather (mostly anyway). It’s got so many nooks and crannies for mooring and was nearly empty when we arrived.

BackFromShop MiddleBasin

LowerBasinWe managed to sneak into the Middle Basin Arm and had it to ourselves for most of our stay.

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It’s a great starting point for walks in the surrounding hills.

ViewBugsworthOn our second day we took the short walk to Whaley Bridge (despite a rather discouraging start to the day when I opened the curtains in the morning).

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The weather did  clear up and we caught the train to the spa town of Buxton. It’s only a short trip but you get wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

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We ambled round the town taking in the Pavillion….

Pavillion

…with its lovely conservatory

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….walked up to the market place which is the highest in England – not much going on when we visited unfortunately. The next time we visit we can hopefully time it for when there’s a market on.

MarketPlace

Our next stop was for a great lunch and a beer in the Buxton Brewery Taphouse. Worth a visit but the beer is rather expensive and it’s difficult to find one that isn’t extremely strong. I had a glass of Pomperipossa – (a mere 6% abv). It’s a sour cherry stout which was delicious but costs over £3.50 a half. In the interests of our bank balance (and my ability to make it back home) I just stuck to the one!

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The weather deteriorated after lunch – the hail came down in buckets…..

HailBuxton…. so we decided to call it a day and head back for a less expensive beer in the Navigation back at the Basin.

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