We left Middlewich early (for us) on Sunday morning as we wanted to get the boat back to Boothstown by Monday night. At 8.30am we went down the last of the narrow Middlewich locks, got a fuel top up from newly trading fuel boat Halsall, then down big lock - the last lock we will encounter for a while - and spent a long day cruising. Once more through the three tunnels where at Preston Brook you emerge onto the wide, deep Bridgwater Canal to Moore, where we tied up about 7.30pm.
The mile long line of boats on the Middlewich Branch leading to the main festival
We spotted this at Ellesmere Port a few weeks ago - an interesting 1936 conversion of a working boat
Lots of bunting!
We just caught the fuel boat as he was about to set off
Hose through the hatch as the filler cap is on the other side
It's great to see the boats trading
The livery that inspired nb Mervyn's
Loved this unusual boat
This boat had come adrift overnight...
Once through the last wide lock 'Big Lock' outside the pub of the same name, the boats were moored for a mile or more in this direction too
Waving goodbye to our friend and his daughter who had also been at the festival
Lovely butty, we saw this last week when we moored at Croxton Flashes
Back in more rural surroundings, the herons were out in force again
Such beautiful creatures, it's great to see them close up
The really interesting, industrial site at Northwich saltworks where the canal cuts straight through the middle of the works
A reminder of the reason for the canal network in the first place
Strangely beautiful and peaceful
An abundance of orchids along the canal bank, such a pleasure to see wild flowers
Standing stock still as we glide by
Work boat at Anderton
Great little vessel at the top of the Anderson Lift
A boat just come up the lift off the River Weaver below
Back into beautiful English countryside once more
Arrrr! Pirate on patrol
Learning the ropes from mum
Passing Dutton again but this time we can't stop
Managed to snap this shot across the valley as we pass
Storm chasers...this black cloud followed us all the way to Moore. It caught up eventually but luckily long after we had tied up for the night. It was a a very wet and windy summer solstice!