Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Onward to Middlewich

On Saturday morning we moved away from Wheelock, with a stop for water at the wharf. We timed it badly; one boat had passed after coming down the locks and they pulled on for water, then as we rounded the bend another approached from the opposite direction and pulled on as well. So we had a bit of a wait but weren’t in any hurry.
We didn’t get far, just 20 minutes saw us pulling in again just past Bridge 157. The weekend’s forecast wasn’t good so this is a good sheltered spot to ride out the wind and rain.
It actually wasn’t as bad as predicted, but we stayed put anyway.

So this morning we set off under bright skies, heading to Middlewich.DSCF1288


Towpath repairs are under way near Ettiley HeathDSCF1290

We had four locks to deal with today, and the first, Crow’s Nest Lock, was full for us as a boat had not long passed us in the opposite direction. This was a bonus; we knew there were boats ahead of us so expected to have to turn all four.

Crow’s Nest Lock
Although it was frequently sunny the brisk breeze was chilly, so Mags was well wrapped up on the tiller.

That breeze made itself felt even more as we ran down the two locks alongside Booth Lane. They are quite exposed to the west.

Bright and breezy at Booth Lane Locks

As expected, we had to refill these, and the final one too.

Rumps Lock, last for today
The Kinderton Arms on the opposite side of the road has had yet another reincarnation, and is now a Thai restaurant.

We noticed last time we came this way that the large flock of swans that called the canal here home was noticeable by it’s absence. There were only three hanging about today.

We pulled in above King’s Lock. it’s a bit noisy here with the busy Booth Lane alongside, but really handy for a treat from the chippy… It’s only for one night anyway. Tomorrow we’ll be heading down the Middlewich Locks.

Thanks to all those who’ve donated to Macmillan Cancer Support through my Justgiving page. We’re half-way to my £400 target. It’d be nice to beat it, so please follow the link if you haven’t already done so and contribute to this worthy organisation. Thanks in anticipation…

Locks 4, miles 6. Two day’s traveling.

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