Hire a narrow boat for the day at Portland Basin Marina at the Ashton/Dukinfield border and cruise down the canal as far as Marple.The hire boats are 'Mary'and 'Alice' and come equipped with two burner hob,sink,crockery,tea and coffee and flushing toilets.Cabins are heated for cooler days,with seating and table available in the cabin as well as seating on the front and rear decks.You get a short tutorial on how to operate the boat plus safety instructions(dont worry if you fall overboard as the water is only four feet deep),boats will take up to ten people.
It will take almost three and a half hours to reach Marple passing under some sixteen bridges,so kick back and enjoy the lovely countryside,at Woodley there are two pubs to stop at on either side of the canal both are only a five minute walk away so you can moore up and quench your thirst.
Boats are available for hire all year round,seven days a week,its £90 for week days and £120 for weekends and bank holidays,you have from 9am till 4.30pm,extended hire till 8.30pm is an extra £50.Evening hire from 5.30pm till 9pm is £60.
Crescent Road, High Bank, Dukinfield, England SK16
When I lived in Dukinfield, The Old General was THE place to go for me. Everyone leaves their worries at the door, everyone knows your name, and the people were fantastic. I don't think I've had a CONSISTENTLY great time at a bar anywhere I've travelled (except for, maybe guys, my time spent at the Greene Leaf in Williamsburg, VA or at Mitchell's in Whitewater, WI-but it's not far behind either one) If anyone from Dukie visits here, hi guys--hope I have a chance to come back.
The giant clubs in Manchester were only a ten quid cab ride away, but most of the time I preferred the comfortable surroundings of the General rather than ogling posh birds at Deansgate who would acknowledge my glance by giving me the two finger salute!
(Well, maybe I was pissed at the time!)
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