Bramble Cutting to Middlewich, Trent & Mersey Canal: 2 miles, 0 locks.
Here we are back home after a lovely week out. The windy weather has at least helped dry up the mud on Zulu’s moorings and so I am a bit happier, and still intregued with BW who have now laid compacted red sand all the way from Croxton Bridge to the centre of town. There seems to be no stopping them, as the new crushed stone pathway extends all the way to Wardle lock, and then disappears up the Middlewich Branch and no doubt going to be sanded today… a total distance of well over a mile of sand.
Following the towpath up to Kings Lock confirmed that the Kings Lock pub is still closed with a To Let sign above the door. I guess the problem with this pub is that it is one of so many similar pubs in the same street, except with a superb location with canal side seating and gardens. I hope it finds a new tenant or manager before the Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival, which is fast approaching, since this is one of the main performance venues. The festival runs over the weekend of 19-21 June.
Meanwhile work calls down south and so reluctantly I secured the boat and set off down the M6. I may be back at the weekend though, as I was just getting the bug for painting, and Zulu certainly has plenty of bits which need a coat or two.