After yesterday’s torrential rain, this morning we woke to blue sky and sunshine. We were glad we stayed put for the extra day, as the crews on the few boats that did pass us did not look happy to be on the move.
We were underway by 8 am and quickly navigated the final two locks of the Audlem flight. We have now left Cheshire behind, as we continue our journey south. About a mile further on we approached the Adderley flight of five locks. We were expecting today to be busy due to the lack of movement yesterday, but all the locks were in our favour and we only met one boat on our trip. As we passed through the top lock the local farmer was restocking the small stall with fresh and homemade produce. We like to support these local businesses so we purchased an apple pie and some toffee fudge cake. About an hour later we arrived at our destination at Market Drayton, filling up with water before finally mooring. We visited the town to stock up at the supermarket and had lunch. We are only staying here tonight, heading for Norbury Junction tomorrow.
Totals 5 Miles 7 Locks
Running total 414 Miles 208 Locks 17 Tunnels
Having spent a couple of days at Market Drayton it was time to move on. A local family of swans were there to see us off. These are the first cygnets we have seen this year.
Only a shortish hop today, to the village of Adderley. We set off at an early for us, 7.30 am topping up with water and emptying the holding tank. We now won’t need services of any kind for at least seven days. At 10.30 we were at the top of the Adderley flight of locks. Five in total and each with a fairly fierce by wash. Progress through the locks is getting quicker, now that the four legged furry crew member, is learning how to open the lock gates.
At the bottom of the flight was our mooring spot for the next couple of days. We arrived just as the wind was picking up so all in all, perfect timing.
Our mooring spot at Adderley.
Not long after stopping we got neighbours, but by Sunday we may be on our own again. It does not seem very busy at the moment.
Totals 3 Miles 5 Locks
Running total 265 Miles 111 Locks 11 Tunnels