Middlewich to Barbridge Junction

Last night I got back to Zulu and initial prospects of re-starting the trip seemed quite good.  First of all I went to the winding hole and got round without a problem, whereas last week this would have been virtually impossible with the ice.  There was in fact no floating ice below Big Lock either, but…

Abandon trip

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…

Frozen

Well the Big Lock re-opening has been delayed until 23rd, but despite the 3/4 inch ice on the canal here in Middlewich, and minus 7 degrees at 7am, a whole team of BW men have turned up and worked the first dozen boats through already. Its open until 3pm, then again tomorrow from 11 to…

A bad start to our trip south

Very soon I will be warming up Zulu’s frozen insides and setting off Southbound.  In fact I should be there right now, queueing up for the stoppage at Big Lock to be cleared tomorrow so we can get on our way south to our new moorings in Uxbridge over Christmas and New Year.  Now I hear…

Narrowboat in Cheshire – No 3 in the Times’ “best new year party places to stay”

Today the Times lists their 20 best new year party places, and a boating holiday from Middlewich takes third place; only Scotland and Oxford rate higher.  See the whole article here:  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/where_to_stay/article6933328.ece 3 Narrowboat cruise in Cheshire Make a splash at new year (though, not literally) and rent a narrowboat, which sleeps 12, to explore…

Middlewich to Wimboldsley

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

Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival

Reading or Middlewich?  The decision was easy and I had a pleasant drive up to Middlewich taking the long way round to avoid the Silverstone traffic on this British Grand Prix weekend. I won’t attempt to write a review of the festival as I didn’t go to see any particular band, and anyway the main acts take place in the town…

Middlewich to Middleofnowhere

Middlewich to Middle of Nowhere, Middlewich Branch 3 miles 6 locks I realise to today how lucky we have been with the Easter weather compared to the South and East and today has been no exception – 10 hours of warm sunshine again.  Moored up below the Big Lock I gave up counting the number of boats…

Kings Lock pub at Middlewich re-opens

Good news!  Middlewich’s Kings Lock pub re-opened on Thursday after a closure of about 3 months. This pub has a marvellous lockside location, and overlooks the junction between the Trent & Mersey and the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union which can provide hours worth of gongoozling on a summers afternoon as boats of all shapes and sizes…

Middlewich to Northwich

Middlewich to Anderton, Trent and Mersey Canal 10 miles, 0 locks Anderton to Northwich, River Weaver 2 miles, 0 locks  The forecast was awful but the day has been fairly nice despite a couple of light showers along the way and almost perfect for cruising. Zulu’s first port of call was the local tip Public Amenity…