Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Chester Tuesday 25 October 2016

It was almost 1030 when we set off and again a lovely day without a breath of wind. There was even a cricket match taking place, but they looked a bit short of fielders.DSCF6273

We passed a couple of fields containing a crop that was in flower. the flowers being yellow and the plants between 2’6” and 3’0” tall. It seemed a bit late in the year for so much flower.DSCF6275 DSCF6275 We haven’t taken water for a couple of days so stopped just before Christleton Lock to fill up, no sooner had we tied up than a hire boat arrived behind us and then a third boat wanting water. Once full we left them to it and made our way down through the lock Looking forward towards the next lock I saw an Airbus Beluga pass over in the distance, I could also see a boat coming up the next lock so we left the gate for them, it didn’t help much because as I looked back as I entered the next lock, the lock was being turned as they made their way up the pound towards it. By now there was another boat waiting to come up, so off we went down and away. Just before Chemistry Lock there is a fine water DSCF6278tower which I guess is still used. This is looking back at it from the lock. Looking forward the terraced houses on the off side of the canal seem to fall away with the land.DSCF6277  

On the Offside between Hoole lane Lock and Chemistry Lock there are a row of cottages, but I do wonder what they were originally, a school, chapel, hospital?DSCF6279 Leaving this behind we pushed on down into the city passing some giant rudder stocks and tillers set it the gardens of some flats. I couldn’t see if they had blades or not.DSCF6280

We stopped at the 48 hour moorings just before Cow Lane Bridge, there are several boats moored here but non through the bridge by the gardens and City wall.

Once moored we did a quick visit to Tesco before walking half way round the City on the wall and then back through the centre.

Today’s Journey  map 10 4¼ miles, 5 Locks  in 2¾ hours

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