Cheshire Locks

Or the other name is Heartbreak Hill and I can see why. If you were a working boatman having to negotiate 25 locks on your journey with fully loaded cargo, it would be slow progress. Many of the locks are duplicated along this stretch. We were going to move on Good Friday, but the weather was awful with heavy rain all day. So we decided to stay put just outside Kidsgrove. Saturday saw us move along a bit more (10 locks) to Hassall Green. There used to be boat services here with a pub called the Romping Donkey, but this has all gone now and turned into 2 houses.

Working our way along Heartbreak Hill

Working our way along Heartbreak Hill

Another boat travelling upstream exiting a lock

Another boat travelling upstream exiting a lock

Waiting for the lock

Waiting for the lock

Sunset at Hassall Green

Sunset at Hassall Green

Sunday today and we woke to find it quite misty.

Misty morning start

Misty morning start

We travelled to Wheelock and stopped (another 10 locks done). Charlie has been getting my confidence up in doing the locks. So I have been taking the boat down and hovering to pick him up. He is quite happy to do the locks, and sharing the work it didn’t seem so hard. Alot of boats moving today so the locks were busy. Hire boats hurrying to get back to base. Seen more boats today than we have since we started.

Travelling under the M6 motorway. I know which mode of transport I prefer.

Travelling under the M6 motorway. I know which mode of transport I prefer.

Weather this afternoon has surpassed itself. We walked into Wheelock, not much there, but managed to get a bottle of red. Lamb roast cooked on board. Afternoon nap in glorious sunshine on the stern. We had to look at the road map we have to get our bearings as to where we actually are, as we seem slightly disorientated being on the canal!

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