Saturday, 14 April 2012

Early(ish) morning at Hurleston.

Three months, short a day, ago we climbed Hurleston Locks onto the Llangollen, today we descended those locks and rejoined the main system. It was an early start to beat the rush at the locks, we nearly managed it.

Early morning at the top of the flight and yes, someone beat us to it. We took the opportunity to top up the water tank and ditch the gash, not sure where the next rubbish bins are after Barbridge Junction.

From the top lock the flight stretched before us with the mist shrouded Cheshire plain in the background. The descent was uneventful except for two boat loads of nervous novice boaters making their way up who caused a slight delay as they led one of the boats between locks on a rope.

A last look back from the bottom lock and below us

Hurleston Junction and the main line of the Shroppie. We turned left and at Barbridge it was right onto the Middlewich Branch, at the moment our intention is to head up to the Macclesfield Canal and then up to Bugsworth but as with all our plans,

Watch this space........................

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