Tuesday, 29 March 2011

New waters for us…

It was chilly and cloudy this morning when we left Audlem for our journey to Hurleston Junction and onto the Llangollen Canal, but the sun soon broke through the cloud and it began to warm up nicely.  This will be new cruising waters for us, for although we have visited various places on the canal by car, we have never cruised it.  The countryside flattened out after Audlem onto the Cheshire plain.

SDC10189Past another very nice set of visitor moorings at Coole Pilate, provided by the SUCC, these even have picnic benches and bbq stands

SDC10190Approaching Hack Green Locks

A slow cruise through Nantwich due to what seemed like miles of moored boats, and we were soon at Hurleston Junction, and our turning onto the Llangollen.

SDC10191Very tight turning, with the first lock immediately ahead

SDC10192Windsong blocks the canal while Serenity enters the lock

SDC10193Locks 3, 2 and 1 on the Hurleston flight

We are now moored a little way along the Llangollen between Bridges 3 and 4.  After lunch Karen and I decided to take the footpath across the fields to Snugbury’s Ice Cream Shop – marked as a 10 minute walk!  It took us half an hour to get there and 20 minutes to get back because we found a slightly quicker way – whoever timed it as 10 minutes must have been on a quad bike!  But we did reward ourselves with a delicious home-made ice-cream and each bought a tub for the freezer.


SDC10195Pig at Snugbury’s Farm

8.5 miles and 6 locks

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