Today we went back up onto the Trent & Mersey canal on the Anderton Boat lift after spending nearly two weeks on the river.
We were, at first, not sure about it, but as we saw more of the scenery we became enthralled by the contrasts between what was once a working river, with it's industries, and the beauty of it's landscape.
The locks are huge but gentle with friendly lock keepers to do the work for you. The pockets of industry do not intrude to much and the towns and villages along the way have a charm of their own.
Northwich did not impress us on the first visit, but, after becoming more familiar with the place, we could see there was something which we missed the first time around. Some of the building are very interesting, the local Wetherspoons being in the largest of the 'liftable' buildings in the town, with a very elaborate timber framed facade.
If we had to choose a favourite mooring I think we would say the remote spot by Marsh Lock, overlooking the Mersey Estuary which for sheer atmosphere would be hard to beat.
Would we go back again? Most definitely!