Saturday, 1 November 2014

To the Secret What?

Leaving Audlem we descended the last four locks and cruised off towards Hurleston junction where the Llangollen canal branches off into north Wales. However before reaching there we made a stop at Hack Green. This is the site of one of several secret nuclear bunkers which were scattered around the country. The idea was that the local bigwigs would go underground there in the event of a nuclear attack, to emerge some weeks later and take control. Dream on!!!!
It is now open as a museum of the cold war and is one of the most chilling places we have ever visited. A testament to mans folly. The only thing about it that raises a smile is the signs pointing to the  'secret nuclear bunker'. Before moving on we had a chat with fellow bloggers, Fred & Lisa on NB Chyandour who were moored behind us. As we descended the two Hack Green locks Lisa appeared to help us on our way. Early afternoon saw us at Nantwich where we topped up our supplies. A fine old town which grew up around the salt industry. Only thing missing was a Wetherspoons.
Heading now towards Chester, we passed through the staircase locks at Bunbury. It was quite busy with boats both up and down, which once again gave us the opportunity to perform the 'shuffle', three boats passing in the locks.
We are now moored at Wharton lock with fine views of Beeston Castle high on its rock overlooking the Cheshire plains. This afternoon we had tea and cake with Steve & Chris from NB Amy Jo. Also fellow bloggers, we hope to catch up again on our way back from Chester.

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