Whitchurch and beyond

Firstly apologies for lack of blog, but as we use the I phones 3G connection we have been in a very poor signal area and so unable to blog as frequently as I would like. Never mind, maybe one day we will afford a better connection!

Pictures of farm beasts follow so my good friend in Cornwall can identify them (keeps her on her toes as she likes a good quiz!)DSC00208DSC00211

We were on a 48hr mooring in the Whitchurch arm so planned to stay and explore. The town has many periods of old houses, with narrow streets leading off the main high street. It’s origins start in Roman times and was known as Mediolanum; later it was recorded in the Domesday book as Westune, then later changed to Whitchurch (after the church). Luckily the church is open to visitors.

St Alkmund's church built in 1713 after the original Norman church fell down.

St Alkmund’s church built in 1713 after the original Norman church fell down.We had a look around the town and partook of some local ale in a friendly hostelry. Blue Cheshire cheese is one of the local delicacies here so we bought some to try.

The beautiful stained glass windows fitted in the 19th century to replace the plain glass

The beautiful stained glass windows fitted in the 19th century to replace the plain glass

Town view

Town view

At the end of the Whitchurch arm (well almost)

At the end of the Whitchurch arm (well almost)

View looking back where the original course of the canal went

View looking back where the original course of the canal went

We moved from Whitchurch and travelled towards Ellesmere. This takes the canal through rural countryside with no amenities, so we decided to stop overnight at Fenns and Whixall Moss, an area that was created in the last Ice Age and is now a nature reserve.

We had another encounter with a very fast moving narrowboat which nearly took us off our mooring. The second of that day!

We then moved closer to Ellesmere on Saturday, passing many mere’s. This area is Shropshires lake district. These mere’s were also formed in the ice age, and are popular spots for visitors.

Passing Blake mere

Passing Blake mere

We had 2 nights just past the Ellesmere tunnel, and today made it to the Ellesmere wharf, being lucky in getting a mooring as it is very popular to visit the town, and also it is 72hrs stay.

Ellesmere tunnel

Ellesmere tunnel

Finally today is Izzy’s first birthday so she has had a chew to celebrate

Happy Birthday Izzy

Happy Birthday Izzy

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