MONDAY 14TH JUNE 2010
Locksley got away first and at a more realistic time the other two boats set off for the couple of miles and one lock to be in walking distance of Middlewich shops. Whilst the three J’s (Jacquie, Judy and Julia) went shopping, I walked Duggie around the town, it didn’t take long and you only need to do it the once.
There was one more lock before we would turn onto the Trent and Mersey Canal and head north, but there was a queue, four boats in front of us and it seem to take ages before we got through, it was the first time we had been delayed since we set off in April, so mustn’t complain. Immediately after the tight turn there are three more single locks, and after a short distance a double lock. The queue had disappeared by now, but it was evident that we wouldn’t get to the Anderton Lift today.
The canal architecture had changed, now that we were on the T & M. The usual humpback bridges had gone and were replaced with a more functional and sturdy design.
All three boats moored opposite a flash. A flash is an area of subsidence caused by the extraction of salt and the lowered area floods, here the canal and flash became one and it appeared that we were in a large lake, very attractive.