Monday morning was an early start as we had decided to tackle the remaining 12 miles and 27 locks (Heartbreak Hill) in one go with the aim of arriving in Middlewich late afternoon. This was the first time we had attempted this many locks in one go, and in all fairness we really enjoyed the experience, and it also helped that the majority were set in our favour. Its also worth noting that a number of the locks are paired so the chances of having at least one set in out favour was pretty good.
|Example of the paired locks going down Heartbreak Hill|
|Mooring at Kings Lock, Middlewich|
|Entrance to the Shropshire Union Canal, Middlewich Branch|
We arrived at Wheelock just as it was going dark, about 6:00pm. Its probably worth noting that although there are a good number of moorings available, it was busy even at this time of year, and we only just managed to moor up on the end, near to the service point.
After an early breakfast we set off to do the return journey up Heartbreak hill, the weather was good once again and spirits were high, especially as we were able to buddy up with another boat. By 5:00pm we were once again moored up on the Macclesfield Canal for our much anticipated visit to the Rising Sun at Scholar Green. I cannot recommend the Rising Sun enough, the food and the service are excellent and there is plenty of mooring available within easy walking distance. I had planned Thursday as a bit of a day off, with only a small amount of cruising needed in the afternoon to position ourselves at the bottom of Bosley Locks.
I had kept this plan to myself as I had wanted to surprise Anne-Marie with a visit to Little Morton Hall, a short walk from the canal. Its somewhere Anne-Marie has wanted to visit for quite a while and although by road its only an hours drive from home, the plan was always to visit while out on the boat. Now owned by the National Trust its a fascinating place and defies all logic as to how it hasn't fallen down.
|Little Morton Hall|
Friday was a pretty straight forward run up through bosley Locks, although some of the pounds were quite low on water, a combination of leaky gates and the fact that someone had left the bottom gates open on lock 9.
|Leaky lock gate at Bosley|
Until next time........
Mark & Anne-Marie