By 8am we decided to go as most of the route is tree lined. As it happened we hardly felt the wind most of the way and only a few spots did it make things difficult.
|Our mooring at Milton this morning
Once more we braved the low bridges 8 & 9 but this time they did not seem so low so not as exciting.
|Plenty of room though we still took it steady.
Whilst we made the turn two other boats arrived from middleport just as I was right across the junction. Having no choice but to wait they pulled in. I think our name must be mud by now as the volockies let us down first. I did feel for the other boaters and if they read this we do apologise but were told to carry on by the lockies.
|Making the turn at etruria, another only just made it moment.
|The other boaters arrive as we turn, they did not look happy.
we were helped down the first two locks and then left to ourselves for the rest.
|Heading for the third lock
|You can just see the lock beam recess in the bridge in this photo of lock 37.
At the far end of the yard this boat was getting a novel make over. The whole cabin and roof had been covered in Cedar shingles. It was quite well done and I suspect the owners felt they would never need to paint the boat again. Cedar is quite hardy and choice of panelling on buildings so why not a boat.
|At first we thought is was a building until we looked closer
|The pall of smoke nearly blocked the way ahead from view
|We have made the turn on this road dozens of times when returning from Fernwoods.
Now we cruised alongside the queue of stopped traffic
|Unfortunate company name
|And it's comical abbreviation.
|Echos of the past still survive though in this case in poor state.
|Trentham Lock is quite pretty compared to the city locks.
Finally after descending Trentham Lock we found an available mooring opposite the Wedgwood factory. Just a few yards away was moored the Oatcake boat so lunch was a generous helping of Oatcake with cheese and Sausage and a cuppa. If you have the chance have one of their Oatcake pancakes, they are delish.