Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Northwich town Bridge
Wednesday 6th July
On Tuesday we motored up river through Hunt's Lock and then Vale Royal Locks. Hunt's is open to passage as required during working hours, but Vale Royal is timed and there are only 4 up and 4 down passages per day.
Just after Vale Royal was passed it started to rain again so we decided to moor up for the night. We picked what we thought was a nice quiet spot, but which turned out to be a bit noisy. Not hooligans, but the swing bridge nearby was unbelievably noisy when a vehicle passed over it.
This morning dawned wet, and we thought we would need our rain gear through the day. Just after breakfast it seemed to clear up and the sun even put in an appearance. We decided not to go all the way to the end this time so we turned around and headed back for Vale Royal Locks. The weather behaved itself, and we only got a few drops all morning. Just as we arrived at Northwich and were preparing to moor up the heavens opened with rain and hail. Some of the ice even managed to bounce into the boat through vent mushrooms and window hoppers.
After a short stay in Northwich we continued on as far as Anderton where we have moored up near a picnic area for the night.