Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Need more moorings!

We continued our journey back to Chester stopping enroute to look at the old dry dock which nestles between the Shropshire Union and the branch which take you down through three locks onto the River Dee at Tower Wharf. The branch to the Dee is rarely used these days. Thomas Telford's warehouse there is now a pub/restuarant.

The dry dock at Tower Wharf

The branch down the the River Dee

Thomas Telford's Wharehouse

Our plans for the day were thwarted by being unable to find a spot to moor in Chester so we had to carry on up the five locks that take you from the centre of Chester up to Christleton where we moored by The Old Trooper. At least we had the company of a couple of chaps from Edinburgh who were on holiday for three of the locks which meant less work for me.

Having a pub within staggering distance was too great a temptation so we decided to go for a beer and a bite to eat. Unfortunately, as it is a Harvester, the range of bitter was limited and the only one on the hand pump was off!! So a bottle of red was indulged in instead, the food was remarkably good with the only disapointment being the baby new potatoes. I know obesity is a problem in this country but if they were the babies I would hate to see the parents! Ray did comment that he has eaten smaller jacket spuds!

We will decide in the morning whether to get on the bus back into Chester or just to carry on our journey.

Today's journey 3.6 miles and 8 locks

This year we have travelled 98.1 miles, 84 locks and 13 lift bridges

Since Ray retired we have travelled 836.5 miles, 729 locks, 55 swing bridges, 17 lift bridges and 25 tunnels

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