Well, I did say almost…
Beautiful clear blue skies, no wind, but anywhere not touched by the sun still has a coating of last nights frost.
A thin sheen of ice lies in some of the lock chambers, too
Shropshire Union Rope Trick
We were away before 11:00 today, looking at the downhill run to Audlem.
Care was needed on the lock sides…
But a fine trip down, nonetheless.
Meg enjoyed it too. There were plenty of dogs being walked up and down the flight, some up for a bit of a chase about.
We got to the moorings below Lock 11 at 12:10, just 90 minutes to do the 9 locks, and most were set against us. We thought it was a bit early to stop, so, after a mug of soup and a brew each we set off again, with the remaining 4 locks of the Audlem flight to do.
Audlem Mill and the Shroppie Fly, above Lock 13
We topped up the water tank, and disposed of waste here, then pushed on accompanied by an inquisition three generational family.
We hadn’t seen a boat all day, in fact we haven’t seen one for several days, so imagine my surprise when we arrived at the bottom lock to find a boat arriving below. Then another! If only they’d got here sooner we’d have had the locks set for us, As it was the first boat would have had the “good road”.
Leaving Audlem Lock 15
Just to the west of Audlem the River Weaver reaches it's most southerly point and turns back to head north to Nantwich and Northwich. The canal crosses the infant river on an embankment with a culvert through it.
River Weaver, now north-bound
The extensive Overwater Marina, a mile below the locks
We reached the moorings at Coole Pilate at around 14:45, and called it a day. A good day.
Moored at Coole Pilate
Anyone for a barbie? George and Carol?
Nantwich tomorrow for pre-New Year shopping.
Locks 13, miles 3¼