Right, where did I get too? Oh yes, Grindley Brook.
Saturday 16th April
We moved from Grindley Brook to just above Baddiley Locks, stopping at Wrenbury on the Way to visit the Chandlers at the boat hire base. We had ordered so drive belts on the way up the Llangollen to be collected on the way back, but they had ordered the wrong size, so we came away empty handed.
6.8 miles and 4 locks
Sunday 17th April
We made a short trip to just beside Bridge 4, a little way above Hurleston Locks, and the junction with the Shroppie. We made another trip to Snugbury’s Ice Cream shop to buy some more as it was so yummy – this time I bought a tub of Raspberry Ripple – however, it proved to have no raspberry and no ripple – just vanilla, but it was nice anyway!
3.6 miles and 5 locks
Monday 18th April
We had quite a long day, travelling down Hurleston Locks, and turning left onto the Shroppie on our way to Chester
We moored for the night by the Shady Oak pub, and had a very nice meal.
7.9 miles and 10 locks
Tuesday 19th April
We made an early start as we wanted to get moored up in Chester Basin by about 2 pm. We made really good time - didn’t do us much good though as when we arrived at Hoole Lane Lock, about 11 am we found that it was broken and there were about 10 boats ahead of us waiting for BW to fix it. We got the chairs out and sat on the towpath in the sun and chilled. We eventually got through the lock about 4pm, after BW had patched up the hole where the paddle had fallen off with a piece of plywood. (We hear that it broke again yesterday!). The staircase locks in Chester are impressive, and by the time we got to the basin it was full of working boats – we continued on to the golf course where we moored for the night.
12.2 miles and 8 locks
Wednesday 20th April
We turned at the nearest winding hole and headed back towards Chester Basin, expecting to see a long line of working boats coming towards us – how wrong can you be!! They were all still there, but luckily a hire-boat left just as we arrived, so we squeezed in and breasted up. We then went for a walk around the city walls – more photos of Chester
After our walk, we had a delicious lunch in Telford’s Warehouse, entertainment thrown in as boats continued to arrive all day, and soon we were surrounded by historic boats. 98% of the crews were friendly and chatty, but one or two looked down their noses at our ‘shiny’ boats and acted like we shouldn’t have been there! We were the only pleasure boats in the basin, bar two across the other side on what looked like permanent moorings.
In the evening, Rog’s cousin Cath, husband Steve and boys Rob and Liam came over to see us – we went to the pub!!
4 miles and 0 locks
Thursday 21st April
We left Chester and returned the way we had come, mooring between Egg Bridge and Hargrave. At the Cheshire Cat pub at Christleton we spotted a familiar boat.
5.5 miles and 8 locks
Good Friday, 22nd April
Another short day, moored now at Wharton’s Lock enjoying the sunshine.
5.3 miles and 1 lock