Thursday 30 June 2011

Goldstone Wharf – Norbury – Gnosall Heath

Clear skies and sunshine this morning with clear views of the Wrekin, the Clee and Breidden hills, but the clouds soon came rolling in. It did stay dry and has been a very pleasant day. We stopped for lunch at Norbury Junction before carrying on through Grub Street Cutting, mooring for the night at Gnosall Heath.

001 The Wrekin


Bridge one of three bridges on Grub Street cutting


Bridge two


Bridge three


A former flour mill at Gnossall Heath

Wednesday 29 June 2011

Adderley – Market Drayton - Goldstone Wharf

Set off for Adderley locks, a flight of 5. Stopping off at the top lock no 1 to visit Adderley Wharf farm shop, we were so impressed on our first visit that we could not go by without calling in again to re stock with excellent produce, sausages, bacon, chicken and pork steaks and as always a warm welcome by Simon and Alison. After a long natter we carried on through Betton Wood to Market Drayton, where we stopped for lunch and had a walk into the town as it was market day. Then on through to Tyrley locks, another flight of 5 located in a sandstone cutting, mooring for the night at Goldstone Wharf.

001 Approaching lock no 5, the first of the Adderley flight


Lock no 4


Can be found at lock no 1


Market Drayton, the half timbered houses mostly date from the aftermath of a fire which swept through the place in 1651


Leaving Market Drayton, passing Betton Mill


Approaching lock no 5, Tyrley locks


Peaceful surroundings on Tyrley locks


Tyrley Wharf, 1837


Bridge no 58, Woodseaves Cutting


Woodseaves Cutting


Moorings for the night at Goldstone Wharf

Tuesday 28 June 2011

Coole Pilate – Audlum – Adderley

Another nice day to spend cruising, even though we had the Audlum flight of 15 locks ahead of us. We waved goodbye to Seventh Heaven as we set off. The flight was very busy from the start, which made it easier as all the locks were in our favour. It also meant we had a four boat queue at the water point, so we decided to moor and go to do some shopping first. Mooring for the night just below Adderley locks.

008 Seventh Heaven, Beacon Boat no 7


We bought fresh eggs at lock 15


Finally moored at the services beside the Shroppie Fly


Lock 12, the by-washes are really strong, making it harder work going up


Looking up Audlem flight


More local produce available, fresh scones, clotted cream and jam were purchased here


Moorings for the night at Adderley

Monday 27 June 2011

Church Minshull to Coole Pilate

We had an early start this morning as the sun was already shining and the forecast was not so good for later in the afternoon. Two locks to do before we got to Barbridge Junction, turning back onto the Shroppie. Another two locks at Hack Green before mooring for lunch, then a short cruise to moor for the night at Coole Pilate Leisure Area. It has been a lovely cruising day, blue skies, sunshine and miles of wonderful countryside. As we were relaxing a man walking his dog mentioned that there was our sister boat moored just a few boats higher, we took a stroll to find Seventh Heaven, (Beacon Boat number 7) still looking good. It was nice to meet up with Pete and Pam again, needless to say we had a long chat and a few drinks.

005 Minshull Lock


Approaching Barbridge Junction


Canal side artwork at Nantwich


Looking down at the Chester Road from Nantwich aqueduct


Looking for some lunch


Moored for lunch above Hack Green locks


This looked very much like a mole swimming by


Moorings for the night at Coole Pilates Lesisure Area

Sunday 26 June 2011

Middlewich to Church Minshull

Just a short cruise today, the weather has been sunny all day for a change. Found a nice mooring just after Church Minshull with a good tv signal, so Ian could watch the F1 and Moto Gp and I could relax in the sunshine with a glass of wine.

004 Dairy House


Top flash, on the River Weaver


Church Minshull, the mill on the right supplied the electricity to the village up to 1960


Moorings for the night

Saturday 25 June 2011

Hassall Green – Wheelock – Middlewich

Woke up to sunshine this morning, so we set off to finish the last ten locks of heartbreak hill. Unfortunately we have no photos to show as I had a clumsy accident with the camera. As I was in the lock, Ian passed it over to me, for the first time in months, which to that point was okay. Then for some unknown reason it decided to fly out of my hands and fall into the water. I felt really bad as it was a Christmas present.

We moored for lunch at Wheelock and decided to hop on a bus to Sandbach to replace our camera. It was a pity we couldn’t take any pictures as it was a lovely town, with ancient Saxon crosses in the centre. New camera on charge we carried on towards Middlewich.

The hire boats were coming by thick and fast from Middlewich. On a fairly straight stretch, we had the trees on our side, but plenty of room. For some reason, instead of keeping straight, one of the boats lost steering and panicked. As they were still going at a fair speed they ricocheted us into the undergrowth. As we found out on later inspection, the flairs on Middlewich boats are quite high and unforgiving, resulting in a very nasty gash on our gloss work, just below the cratch cover.

The other very noticeable thing as we approached Middlewich. We expected to get the gravy smell coming from the Bisto factory, but as we got closer the huge salt works were still there, but the Bisto factory had been demolished.

After Kings lock, we turned left onto the Middlewich Branch. We got through Stanthorne lock and moored just in time before the rain came.

004 Moorings for the night. A quick test with the new camera.

Thursday 23 June 2011

Church Lawton to Hassall Green

We planned to have an early start to miss the rain, but as we woke up to the sound of rain we didn’t bother rushing. Just as we pulled our pins everyone else must have had the same idea as there were two boats waiting at the lock and suddenly another four boats appeared behind. It was no hardship, this is a lovely flight and we didn’t have to queue as most of the locks are duplicated, having got through ten locks today we decided to moor opposite the Romping Donkey which we fondly remembered on our previous visits, sadly it now is up for sale and looking very unloved. 

001Church locks





Thurlwood locks


The Donkey Romps no more

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Kent Green to Church Lawton

At last, it feels good to be on the move again. It felt like an age moored at Heritage Boats. Service completed okay, they did try to sort out our discharging problem, but to no definite conclusions. We moored for lunch near Poole aqueduct, just missing a heavy shower. It wasn’t long before we were on Heartbreak Hill, a flight of 26 locks. Luckily they are fairly spread out covering seven miles, so we moored after the sixth lock saving the rest for another day. We just managed to moor again before another downpour. The only consolation was it was sunny in between.

002 Bridge 91, Scholar Green


Approaching the stop lock at Hall Green


The stop lock is all of one foot deep


Looking down at the duplicated locks of Heartbreak Hill on the Trent and Mersey from Poole lock aqueduct on the Macclesfield Canal


Came out of the junction of the Macclesfield. Entering lock 41, the first lock of Heartbreak Hill, going down.


The first thing you notice is the change of water colour, it is bright orange from iron stone leeching in Harecastle Tunnel.


Moored for the night at Church Lawton

Monday 20 June 2011

Ramsdell Hall to Kent Green

Only a short way to Heritage Boats, where we are waiting for our engine service. This area holds lots of memories for us as we first hired with Heritage over 20 years ago, catching the boating bug and having many more great holidays on their boats. As we had time to explore we had a walk over the fields to Little Moreton Hall, with glimpses of Jodrell Bank in the distance. Calling in for lunch at the Rising Sun on the way back.

002 Ramsdell Hall, an 18th century mansion



Little Moreton Hall, a 15th century timber framed moated manor house



Koi carp in the moat


Lovely moorings outside Heritage Boats