We got under way at a respectable 9:50am and first on the trip was the Nantwich Aqueduct. Living as we do in Cheshire we had no idea just how high some of these aqueducts are until now. Sections of the canal seem to be constantly at roof top level for most of the last few days.
|The approach to the aqueduct|
|The A51, Nantwich town centre can be found that way|
|The opposite side.|
|Moored boats jutting well into the main line.|
|Looking back down the arm as we pass. This taken looking astern|
and we have just come from left of the sign.
|The Yacht club with Acton church in the background|
From here the canal passes through the Cheshire country side where some of the tow path is now part of the 40 mile Weaver way, stretching from Frodsham in the north to its most southerly point at Audlem, the route leads you along the River Weaver and Navigation, as well as the Trent and Mersey, and Shropshire Union Canals.
After Henhull moorings we started to recognise familiar features and knew home was not far away. First up, Hurleston Junction that heralds the start of the Llangollen canal. This is quickly followed buy the high grassed banks of Hurleston reservoir.
|Hurleston Locks at the start of the Llangollen canal.|
|Boats queuing to enter the locks|
|Hurleston reservoir bank|
|The Barbridge Inn, we will be paying visit on our return|
|Approach to the junction, Chester straight on, Middlewich to the right.|
|We see this every time we pass on the A51 but at a much faster speed|
|Our start of the Middlewich|
|Stunning views of the country here|
Just after the Weaver aqueduct at bridge 15 we came across a sign saying "Distinctive Designs" and Ice Cream. With the heat of the day we could not resist so stopped to buy some. It was a delightful looking farmhouse with a beautiful garden. When Chris returned the view with her there with her new big white hat reminded me of a very English garden.
|Quintessential English garden scene|
|Kayakers pass us by at a rate of knots|
We worked our way through the moorings by Clive Green and arrived at Stanthorne Lock. As we approached a boat came out of the lock and we were waved in. Chris was about to get off and was told no need we'll lock you down. Three very nice ladies were manning the lock as their boats were waiting below. I have to say this was the most pleasant lock we have used the entire trip :-)
|Good use of logs from the cut down tree.|
|Our mooring tonight on the outskirts of Middlewich|
|Our route today|