On Friday night the canal began to freeze over at 4pm and by next morning it was solid ice up to 3/4 inch thick, but despite this the ground was of course solid but not at all slippery. It was like walking in the dry cold of an industrial deep freeze, and gloves would freeze to anything you touched.
Last night it was not quite so cold, and the canal only has a thin covering of ice this morning in most places. But it is almost impossible to walk without falling over. I don’t know who fell over more this morning – me or the dog (actually it was the dog and he hurt his leg too!!), but after a lovely walk through the frosty fields it was actually quite scary on the towpath through the centre of Middlewich. Crossing the footbridge at Big Lock had to be done an inch at a time, in a semi crouching postition ready to sit down at any stage – lethal!
This is therefore the decision point. If the town centre public footpaths are like ice rinks, the remote Cheshire Locks are going to be far too dangerous for single handed working, so with regret I have decided to abandon the trip south until after Christmas. The only problem is that the snow is now so heavy I rather fear we are going to find it hard to get anywhere by car too!
Good job we have this….