(Boat Chalice - posted by Alan)Retrospective post for Saturday 2nd August.
We spent the night aboard "Chalice" in Overwater Marina, near Audlem, having arrived there by train and taxis the previous evening.
Now modern marinas are a thing about which boaters have very mixed opinions, some thinking them the best thing since sliced bread, others never wanting to enter one, (ever). However where I think you would probably find more consensus, is that if you consider the sheer numbers of leisure boats now on our canals, many of which rarely or never move, if they were all moored bank-side along the canal. you would spend most of many days doing nothing but passing mile after mile of moored boats, (if often feels like that anyway - but that's a different story!). So the spread of modern marinas has taken large numbers of boats of the canals themselves, and made cruising a lot more pleasurable than I believe it would be if they did not exist.
|Good to see this bridge at Hack Green locks has been rebuilt since last here.|
All that said, after only half a day, I felt my usual wanderlust, and couldn't wait to set off on the next part of our journey.
The day that followed was certainly an odd one, as the weather repeatedly quickly altered from brilliant sunshine to very heavy showers, only to quickly toggle back the other way, each time.
|After the storm - still in rainwear, but not needed here.|
After very good progress, often in adverse conditions, we moored above Wardle lock, nearly at the end of the Middlewich Branch. Because we had arrived on "Chalice" after a week away, we had few supplies, so I knew a heavy supermarket shop was unavoidable. Even if the Supermarket doesn't seem that far when you walk to it, it always seems a hell of a lot further back, if you are lugging several very heavy bags!
Overwater Marina to Middlewich
Miles: 18.6 (Chalice), 0 (Sickle), Locks:5
Total Miles: 378.3, Locks: 194