Monday, 18 May 2015

Hopping to Audlem

the weather has not been very kind to us. Rain showers and squally winds have made cruising rather uncomfortable. So, on sunday we moved on from Nantwich, but only about four miles, to find a lovely mooring spot in wide open countryside. One of the things about the Shropshire Union Canal is the abundance of good moorings with rings and picnic benches, usually including barbecues for alfresco dining. If only the weather would oblige ! They are provided by the Shropshire Union Canal Society who do a splendid job making this navigation a joy to cruise.
Heavy rain in the night, continuing into Monday morning encouraged us to stay put, but, seeing some brightening in the sky, we made a dash for it and got as far as Audlem. There is a flight of 15 locks here but we ascended the first four to find a mooring just as the showers started again.
Whilst at the water point we were hailed from the far bank, the voice belonging to the chap who sold us Oakapple. He was quite complimentary about her appearance, good, since she has had four years hard cruising since then. We are hoping to make an early start in the morning up the remaining 11 locks, however, the forecast is not promising with thunder, lightning and heavy showers promised!!!!

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