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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Shropshire Union 2014 Day 6 and 7.

Getting a bit repetitive, but Thursday was another sunny day. In no rush our plan was to get water before heading back to the Llangollen canal.
We left Barbridge about 9.30am and reached Calveley services which are situated in an old canal and rail transhipment depot.
Calveley services.
We winded at the winding hole before Bunbury staircase locks then made our way back to Barbridge and to Hurleston Junction for the 4 locks up to the Llangollen Canal.
Bunbury locks ahead.
Very nice property near Hurleston Junction.
It was straight up into the first of the 4 locks with no queue, Gill prepared the first lock whilst I worked the other 3.
Entering Hurleston Bottom Lock.
Neat manoeuvre by Gill in the pounds.
Hurleston Top Lock.
We carried on, past Swanley Marina before stopping for lunch just before the locks. Sadly, we suddenly remembered been moored here on 9/11/2001 when the news of the World trade Centre disaster occurred so we quickly upped pins then negotiated Swanley Locks.
Approaching Swanley No 1 lock.
Next up was Baddiley locks, set in nice pasture lands with wooden fringes to the canals, very pretty on a sunny day.
Near Baddiley.
Baddiley Top Lock.
We where on home ground now, just a mile to Wrenbury Mill, we headed for the first stretch of visitor moorings before Wrenbury, passing NB Beefur Sorry, I was the one who shouted out to you as mentioned on your blog post of 23rd September.
We moored just before Wrenbury Church lift bridge and settled in for a spot of polishing and cleaning before heading off to the pub for a meal and a drink.
We awoke to an overcast day on Friday morning, after a good breakfast we walked to Wrenbury for the car and drove to Chester for a day of retail therapy for Gill. Firstly we walked round part of the city walls, had a look at the cathedral and gardens before hitting the galleried shops.
City Walls.
Clock on the city walls.
Eastgate Street.
Galleried Shops in Eastgate Street.
Grosvenor Shopping Centre.
We had a light lunch in Chester before continuing our walk around the city. We did not walk down to the canal, having been through Chester on the canal a few times in the past.
Abbey Square
Entertaining Squirrel.
Chester Cathedral.
We headed back to Wrenbury late afternoon, then moved the boat up through the lift bridge and reversed into Wrenbury Mill Basin where we completed the cleaning and packing before heading to the Dusty Miller for a well earned meal.
Back in  Wrenbury Mill Basin.
Saturday was the normal shareboat turnaround day, we dieseled up, new gas cylinder, filled with water, pump out then a final packing up and cleaning before heading back to Norfolk.
Another lovely sunny week on Centurion, which has run well with no problems. That's it for the boat this year, we have enjoyed all our 4 weeks and look forward to next year.

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