Middlewich to Wimboldsley


A cruising log entry for Zulu?  Whatever next?!
Middlewich to Wimboldsley 4 miles, 6 locks, 2 inches of rain.

Wonderful evening on the Middlewich Branch
Wonderful evening on the Middlewich Branch

But despite the thunderstorms, flooding and general doom and gloom we braved the M6 and sat in the car until the rain stopped in Middlewich for long enough to load up Zulu with provisions and hit the road.  Mental note not to try shopping at Waitrose when hungry resulting in £108 bill for only 4 carrier bags full of stuff!

Down at Big Lock was the usual chaos of a Sunday afternoon, one of the popular turnaround days where as usual out of 6 boats which arrived from Preston Brook direction, three failed totally to negotiate the bend, pranging the concrete edge behind Zulus mooring.  One managed to bounce off behind Zulu, hit the bank opposite, and then ride up the bank infront of Zulu’s mooring too.  I often wonder how they have managed to get here at all when they seem to spend more time in reverse than forwards!

Anyway with break in the rain we turned round and headed for the water point before setting off up the locks.   The heavens opened again, but by the time we had worked through Big Lock things were looking less rainy by the minute.  It was half past five by now and the queues had died down, so I was able to work up the flight and turn into the Middlewich Branch without any further delays.

The sun came out as we went up Stanthorne Lock and I put Zulu into the slowest possible tickover and really enjoyed the last hour of sunshine – lets hope the bad weather is behind us, and tomorrow we will head up the Shroppie towards Chester.

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