Woke to a lovely sunny for the eclipse, only 1 small cloud in the sky and that passed the sun about 9-30 so we got a chance to see what it looked like as we didn’t have viewer. Once the excitement was over we walked into Audlem to visit the butchers Oxtail & Trotters to buy a pork joint and sausages.
We stopped outside the Shroppie Fly to fill with water where Judith & John introduced them selves to me as blog readers. While the water tank filled we also filled the next lock and made it ready for our departure, as we locked down we saw a boat locking up in the next lock which they left open for us, however they moored before reaching our lock.
I do wonder how much longer the visitor moorings will be open on the Nantwich embankment now there are new houses nearby, some time ago the adjacent moorings were closed because they overlook the houses. At the end of the embankment is the famous Nantwich Aqueduct which is due for a make over later this year.
In Nantwich we were greeted by another couple who read this blog, Christine & Gerald on their new boat.
We had a wait at the bottom of the flight while a boat came down the last lock, this had the advantage of putting all four in our favour. This flight is quite renowned for being narrow and there are signs at the bottom telling you to lift your fenders before entering the lock. No sooner where we in the flight and it started to drizzle, this was very heavy drizzle that soaks things thoroughly. Even though the locks were in our favour with the short pounds between them Diana still had to draw paddles to get the bottom gates open.
The Llangollen canal brings water down from the River Dee at Horseshoe Falls in Llangollen down to Hurleston reservoir which takes its feed just above the locks, leaving very little to flow down the lock by washers, this results in the pounds between the locks running a bit low and I bounced across one. We carried on for about another half mile to moor on the first SUCS moorings that we came to.
Note to self.
New water pump fitted
Seaflo SFDP2-033-035-41 12.5 LTM/3.3GPM 24Volts 2.0 Amps 35psi 2.4bar