Post for Wednesday 20th August.
|Queuing for the first lock, with the delightful ex ice-breaker|
We spent the night at Westport lake, which in my view is easily the top spot anywhere in the area below the tunnel, and onward through to Etruria. It is often packed out, but overnight there had been unusually few boats there.
|A better view of this unusual and immaculate boat.|
|A bridge in the undemanding Meaford lock flight|
|Typical of the new estates that line the canal around here.|
The congestion eased by the four Meaford locks, and almost completely by the locks at Stone, where some very enthusiastic CRT volunteers worked us through the first couple of locks. Cath did a quick shop whilst I failed yet again to buy the oil I'm after in yet another chandlers, and dealt with the toilet and rubbish. David and I then worked on until Cath rejoined us.
|Massive flower display at Weston - bigger and better each time we visit.|
We went to the Saracen's Head for our evening meal, and I'm very glad we did. Dog friendly, with the bar staff very people friendly, there was a good choice of "veggie" food. It was probably the best pub meal we have had in the whole six weeks of this trip so far, obviously truly "home made", and no more expensive than the very average "out of the freezer" fodder we have been fed at other pubs. Well done the Saracen's Head - hopefully non-veggie food equally good, but you would need to find out for yourselves.
Westport Lake to Weston on Trent (Trent & Mersey)
Miles: 18.9 (Chalice), 0 (Sickle), Locks: 16
Total Miles: 669.1, Locks: 468