Marilyn and Brian would be jumping ship today and as there was a half hourly bus service from the centre of Chester to Nantwich, it made sense to get them as close as possible.
Forty minutes from casting off from our overnight mooring and we were in Tower Wharf, there is a water point and a pumpout facility here and we felt sufficiently secure to leave SKYY unattended. We all trooped of carrying M & B’s bags, Duggie as well, along the towpath, under the city walls, eventually emerging in the City Centre by the bus stops and a few minutes later a number 84 whizzed them off towards Nantwich and their onward journey back south.
When we got back to SKYY we backed her up and into the top lock of the defunct Dee arm. At the far end of this lock is an old brick sanitation building, but the recently installed, card operated pumpout is in a black steel cabinet alongside. This was now an essential requirement as none of the boatyards shown in the guide now exist. That job completed we came back around to the other side of the old dry dock and filled up with water.
We made way for another boat and after they had topped up with water we accompanied them up the staircase locks and moored opposite the old people’s home. I feel uneasy mooring in city centres, but this seemed quiet enough. A two mile walk around, the almost intact City Walls is a must, at one point we looked down onto the saucer shaped race course which was originally the old Roman harbour before the course of the Dee was changed dramatically by silting. I am glad to report that our night was undisturbed.