First was to go down Wardle Lock and wind ready for the trip back. It was really sad to see Wardle Lock cottage in its current run down state. The are signs of restoration but its a sad sight to see now. Poor Maureen Shaw would be horrified to see it today.
|Wardle Lock Cottage. Gone is the lovely tended garden and flowers,
|Wardle Lock cottage in August 2002
|The lovely Memorial to Maureen Shaw, may she be resting in peace.
We only took a few photos on the trip back as we had already done them. This trip we were held up for over an hour each at Minshull Lock and Cholmondeston Lock (in photo below) as boat traffic was very busy.
|All the boats on the left were queuing for the lock while we are in it.
Good job we booked ahead as the Inn was quit busy. The food was superb and the steak is some of the most tender I have had in ages. Highly recommended. If you there over a weekend booking a day or two early is a must. Joanne came back with us to AmyJo for a while then headed back home and the joy (not) of work in the morning.
|Our mooring tonight
|Just a short walk to the Barbridge Inn
|Our route today