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Boat Blog: The Odyssey 2016 – Day 59 – Shropshire Union/Middlewich Branch

Posted by indigodream on 18 May, 2017

Rewind to Monday 29th August

Audlem to Bridge 7, Middlewich Branch

Lovely views…..

Once the youth and their annoying fireworks had disappeared, the mooring was quiet and we woke to a perfect morning – my notes say it was a “pretty day” which I recall as picturesque puffy white clouds scudding across a crystalline azure sky. P

We were not in any hurry, so we spent a goodly part of the morning watching the world go by and enjoying another visit from Roger and greyhound Heidi. We had hoped that they would be able to join us for a cruise, but alas, they had another commitment. We had a late start, yet we stopped for lunch at the Canal Society’s benches and barbecue area where we got chatting to nb Pole Star about a gauge (my notes say no more – what gauge and why is not recorded!).

ast Audlem bottom lock, the canal goes back to its rural idyll – it is lovely, which explains the steady but not overwhelming flow of boats.

The Shroppie is all about the views 🙂

We ambled along to Nantwich, passing Overwater Marina on the way – every boater in the vicinity had recommended it to us so we logged it as a potential for 2018.

Nantwich was as busy as ever, its abundant moorings looked pretty full. Fortunately we were just passing through, though we reflected on how much we’d enjoyed our winter at Nantwich canal centre a couple of years ago.

We were soon at Barbridge Junction and turning on to the Middlewich Branch and the last stage of the Odyssey. We had a nice surprise at the next lock – there were volunteers from the Canal Society helping boats through the lock. They’d had a fund- and awareness-raising stall there earlier, but they were just packing up when we got there. We still managed to make a donation – I really admire the energy and commitment that these volunteers have.

Once we were through the lock, Richard cycled back to the car in Audlem – it’s a long way!  In the meantime, I cruised along into the dusky afternoon. I was after a deserted countryside mooring for the night, and found a perfect spot on the sheet piling “above” Bridge 7. It was an idyllic spot for our last night on board, and had the hounds been less exhausted, a perfect place for zooming and mischief 🙂

Heidi Hound’s Photoblog:

Heidi greyhound – a new Indigo Dreamer, allbeit very briefly….

Photoblog:

Always busy in Nantwich – the canal soars above the town here and it’s an attractive place to moor…

 

The Barbridge Inn is another popular spot…

 

Such a wonderful mooring for our last night on the cut…

 

The mooring was made for zoomies but the grass was so soft for snoozing….

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