Our trip along the Trent and Mersey canal, with Iain, Alison and Rosie

Fun way to spend a few daysantastic views, great walk, and all that

Loading up at Sandjeford boatyard.  The journey is about to begin.  The Trent & Mersey canal, built largely for Mr Wedgewood to get his pottery out.

Sharon doing all the hard work.

And we are off - bit of hand through the first lock (the imaginatively titled Big Lock), and we were sorted.

A life on the ocean wave.

Sharon takes the helm.  Took us to Broken Cross where we moored for the night.

The scenery did vary!  We had to pass through the Tata Chemicals works.  Spot the heron?

We did have a small mishap with some low lying trees and Sharon's bike.  Luckily we managed to fish it out and no damage done.  And on to the Broken Cross for tea.

Passing the Anderton boat lift on the way out.  Rosie came out for a look.

Only the second day, and we had to moor up to go and get more provisions at the Coop in Barnton (mostly beer).   I supplied the cash, while Iain guarded the boat.

A skipper's life is a tough one.

Oh no, hear goes for a tunnel.  Barnton Tunnel, all 572 yards.  One of the earliest tunnels built, and very narrow!

It did demand some concentration

Boats behnd us.

Nearing the end.

Made it.  Moved into the Bridgewater Canal.  Didn't really notice!

Sharon and I had a wee cycle on the second night at Stockton Heath, and came across the Manchester Ship Canal - a bit bigger than ours!

Back to our canal - Wednesday and the sun shone as we pressed on.

Very peaceful.

Another shopping trip stop - gin this time.

Below decks, where the important work gets done.

Managed to find the water point - perhaps the most challenging bit of the trip.  

Team photo at about the furthest point of our trip.  Heading for home now.  Made it as far as Ye Olde No 3 pub, and a water stop.  Some 15 miles by road from Middlewich, but
what a way to travel.

Lymm

Thelwall Penny Ferry across the Manchester Ship Canal.  A wee walk to stretch our legs, but we couldn't scrape up the 11p for the ride.

Wouldn't fancy taking that through a tunnel!

We couldn't afford this trip, so headed back up to our boat.

Edward's city didn't quite come off!

Tranquility.

Mooring up until it's time to enter the Preston Brook Tunnel - it's 1239 yards long.

Decided to stop off at the Anderton boat lift on the way back, and take a trip.  Built in 1875 it's the oldest working boat lift in the UK (there are only two).

Who likes dressing up?

Back on the boat, slightly damper today!

The dreaded low tree from the way out.  Kept well to port this time!

All good.
And the final locks.

Well done us.  Time for a refreshment.

And our last night on board.  A full 300 yard sail in the morning.  Great wee holiday, even enjoyed the last few tunnels.