Another early morning start to get back to the marina. A cold wind blew all day, so even though the sun came out it was a day of wearing many layers. We met many more boats today than previous days, but when we got to Middlewich locks we were all on our own. The marina


Together the Dawn Treader we set off up the staircase just before eight o’clock. We were following a hire boat, but they stopped by Tesco’s. At Hoole Lane lock there appeared to be a bit of confusion. Some C&RT guys were repairing the coping stones at the edge of the cut. They had a working


A day spent walking the old city walls and enjoying the delights of Chester. In the evening we had a really good meal in the “Fiesta Havana” a tapas restaurant in town.


We awoke to a cold, frosty, foggy morning. We could hardly see more than about a hundred yards. We carried on through the fog, round Barbridge junction and on through the Bunbury staircase. As we approached Tilstone lock it was still very misty. Then suddenly about midday the sky cleared and the sun came out.

Bridge 4 Middlewich branch

An early start from, leaving just before 8 o’clock. We have made the M5/M6 journey at various times and on different days, but this is the first time on a Sunday morning. The traffic was much less heavy than usual and we arrived about 10 past 10. After unloading and a cup of tea we


Only a short trip today, so a bit of a lie in and a leisurely breakfast. Then drop down the three locks and the Big Lock and back ‘home’.

Middlewich top lock

Yesterday we brought grandson Josh and his wife ( granddaughter-in-law ?) Georgia for a couple of days onboard. Unfortunately the M5/M6 traffic meant we didn’t arrive until 8:00pm. So by tne time we had unloaded and eaten it was more or less bedtime. This morning we set off towards Anderton. We stopped there for about


We set off in time to be at Preston Brook tunnel by nine as northbound boats go on the hour. Then a pleasant cruise along the Bridgewater canal in warm sunshine to reach Lymm by lunchtime. After lunch a stroll around the town to find somewhere for tonight’s meal. We settled on a restaraunt called

Dutton Horse Bridge

To show our guests more of the river Weaver we went upstream to just before Winsford, winded and then headed back to Northwich. Just as we were approaching the floating pontoon mooring by the cinema another boat pulled away leaving just enough space for us. After lunch we took a quick wander round the shops