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Friday 6th April 2012( Good Friday)

Middlewich Branch, Aqueduct Marina to Wheelock

Awoke about 9.30am still quite tired as we didn’t arrive at Marina until around 12.30am last night, we never manage to get off work early on Thursdays only Fridays!

Anyway, we are here & it is Easter weekend so we are thinking that the waterways will be busy, so a bite to eat, the rest of the stuff unloaded from the car, a top up with diesel & a pump out now we are ready to cruise.

Just out of Aqueduct Marina & this Canada goose was just posing for a photo.

We were making the most of The Middlewich Branch being fairly quiet as we knew that Middlewich itself would be busy & I would have to negotiate the dreaded bridge immediately after Wardle Lock that crushed my new chimney pot when we first moved That’s D’riculous to Aqueduct marina.

The cattle all looked well fed over the winter & happy to be out in the open again, the farmers are all busy getting fields ready for this years crops.

We love the way the cattle meander across the canal on this stretch by using the bridges, they seem to do it without a second thought & as you can see from the one having a sneaky peek over the top of the bridge at our nb going through I think they enjoy it!

Off the bridge & on to the milking shed girls! this was just before Stanthorne Lock. We carried on towards Middlewich & the canal didn’t seem too busy at all.  When we reached Middlewich I looked over to Wardle Lock Cottage as I was entering the lock & thought about the old lady that Jo, Working Boat Woman had mentioned on her blog recently as she had passed away.

Through the lock & under the bridge & the chimney still in tact! Very sharp right into Kings Lock, do we stop at the pub for a beer? would have liked to but must push on whilst the weather is ok as the forecast for Easter Sunday & Monday is terrible, with plenty of heavy rain!

Just past kings Lock the canal was FULL of swans, in fact I have never seen so many swans together, a mixture of young & adults.

As we approached Rumps Lock there was a fisherman with all his gear & umbrella right on the lock moorings, plenty of space elsewhere why do they have to be so close to the lock entrance?

The canal along this stretch from Middlewich to around Paddys Wood  is not very scenic a lot of industrial areas some now unused  but the Salt works is still quite busy by the look of things.

On towards Wheelock the canal starts to get open & scenic again. We spotted this huge broken tree that must have come down in a storm sometime.

We arrived at Wheelock around 6.30pm, a good first day, will sleep well tonite. walked along the towpath to the Italian Restaurant right on the  canal opposite The Cheshire Cheese pub & got a takeaway pizza, delicious!

Aqueduct to Wheelock 6 hrs 15mins, 7 locks, 10 miles, 2 pizzas!

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