It's the 14th January and we cruised down to a mooring spot just passed the Hurleston Junction which is the junction leading onto the Llangollen Canal. It's only a couple of miles but the weather is cold with cloudy overcast skies and by the time we reached Hurleston Junction we were pretty cold, at least it stayed dry though. Sadly the tow path leading onto the Llangollen was closed along with the Hurleston Locks as the Canal and River Trust were making repairs to the lock, so we were unable to walk or cruise up the Llangollen this time. We had moved the car down to a parking spot near Bridge 95 the day before and walked back to Barbridge Junction.
We stayed at this lovely, fairly isolated mooring for a couple of days, but the weather was set to change. Snow was forecast in the next few days and we didn't want to be stranded or iced in, in an isolated spot. Luckily the morning of the 17th January dawned bright but fresh, we cast off and headed towards Nantwich where there were full facilities and shopping for essential supplies.
3rd January 2019. We cruised for about 30 mins and moored up at Top Flash. Beautiful mooring with some lovely views over the countryside and River Weaver. Temperatures are regularly dropping to -4 overnight so the multi fuel stove is alight 24/7 and we are getting some really hard frosts in the mornings. We are only cruising for short distances now as even day time temperatures have dropped considerably and it gets really cold standing on the stern steering. We have also had some really lovely sunny days which although cold still makes cruising a lovely experience. We walked back to pick up the car and moved it down to Church Minshull and walked the five miles back to the boat.
On 4th January we cruised down to Church Minshull, we had moved the car the previous day. There are no shops in the village but they do have a lovely village pub and the car parked almost next to the boat.
We stayed for a couple of days and on 6th January we moved both car and boat to just outside Aquaduct Marina where there were some lovely views across the valley. We stayed here for 2 days and on our departure used the marinas facilities and chandlery. While here we moved the car to Barbridge Junction as we did not like parking in a small lay-by on quite a busy road. It was a 4.5 mile walk back to the boat. We cruised down to Cholmondeston and stayed in a beautiful mooring where we experienced some absolutely gorgeous sunsets.
On the 11th January we moved down to Barbridge ~Junction where we moored next to a busy road, it was a good spot for access to the car but quite noisy. There are no facilities here except for rubbish disposal.
There is quite a bit of lovely drone footage in this episode and Pat did some experimenting with different functions.
Snow is forecast next week so will likely move down to Nantwich where there are more facilities.