Today has been a gruelling challenge. We have travelled 27km and portaged 44 locks and gained around 120 metres in height.
We started by paddling, carrying and trolleying our kayaks around the 'Rochdale 9' locks in central Manchester. The steep ascent continued through the inner city areas until we reached Chadderton where things got a little easier. The weather has been wonderfully sunny, almost too warm for this sort of intense activity.
One of more amusing obstacles was this low level swing bridge near Milnrow.
Wildlife of the day - Canada Geese, awfully noisy and absolutely everywhere.