Sunday, 9 September 2012

Carry on Cruising

Yesterday we left Swanley Marina, but not before we had coffee and cake with Lyn and Chris on board nb ‘Niamh’.


Chris, James and Doug enjoying our farewell cuppa.


Lyn was behind the camera again for this shot of us leaving Swanley. 


A very, very rare sight indeed – this ‘Caraboat’ was one of the first moored craft we saw after we left the Llangollen Canal.  This ingenious little job has wheels (you can just see the wheel arches) and a tow hitch for use on the road!  It was a short hop up the Shropshire Union Canal before we turned off at Barbridge Junction onto the Middlewich Arm.


“Dog days” on the “Middlewich arm” where we  moored early yesterday afternoon to enjoy the sunshine and the views. It was such a lovely warm evening we even ate dinner on the rear deck!


Today we left the Middlewich Arm and joined the Trent and Mersey Canal – this section is virgin territory for ‘Chance’.  Here we’re approaching Kings Lock, the first of many in the next few days. 


The British Salt factory – about the only thing of interest as we leave Middlewich.

We carried on cruising in lovely sunshine ‘till we arrived at Wheelock where we’re now moored for the night. Not huge amounts of interest here but we have a lot of locks to do tomorrow so we thought we’d stop, get a few jobs done and have an early night. 


Having got the jobs done we had a very nice Italian meal this evening at the San Marco restaurant on the canal side.


100 yards from the San Marco – our mooring for the night. Which was quiet when we arrived but there are now 10 boats moored up here and ready to go in the morning!

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