Visiting NT properties

We dont need to set off on the Liverpool trip until Sunday, so today we went visiting two National Trust properties nearby. First it was off to Biddulph Grange gardens. These were laid out in the 19th century and were very influential in garden design at the time. Next went went off to see Old

Oakwood Marina

The Weaver lock keepers dont come on duty until 9:00 and cant lock the first boat through until 9:15 it seems. But we were there just after nine and they locked us through. Between Vale Royal locks and Hunts lock there are several boatyards that grew up to deal with the larger boats that used


A wet, dry, wet, dry, wet sort of day. We left Middlewich at 8:30ish. The three locks were set for us, but as we came down the first one a young lad started to empty the middle one! I went down and told him we were just coming out of the top lock, so then


The Downs family arrived at 9:15. As soon as they had unpacked and had a coffee we set off towards Middlewich. We hadn’t gone far when it started to pour with rain. Paul and I stayed outside getting wet whilst the others remained dry. We stopped at Bramble Cuttings until the rain stopped, then carried


Left home early (6:18) to beat the M5/6 traffic. It seemed to work as we made it in record time (2hrs 18mins). Had breakfast, unpacked and chilled out. Daughter Nikki and her family are due tomorrow so we were making tne most of tne peace and quiet. A walk after lunch then more chilling.