We stayed at Coxbank until 20th Feb, we moored between locks 2 and 3 of the Audlem flight. We had parked the car in a lay-by by bridge 76 on Bagley Lane. Duncan and Cookie offered to help with the last two locks on the Audlem flight and the 5 Adderley Locks. At the top of the Audlem flight there was little stall with an honesty box to buy fresh eggs and homemade cakes.
We tried to moor up at the end of the Adderley flight of locks but encountered the 'Shroppie Shelf" so continued onwards and finally moored just before Bridge 66.
The next day we walked back to Audlem and moved the car down to Market Drayton, parking just by Bridge 65.
On the 12th Feb we cruised up to Audlem, stopping at Overwater Marina to use their facilities (not shown on this video). We passed through the first lock of the Audlem flight and moored in a lovely tree lined canopy. I unfortunately left the windlass on the tow path overnight and in the morning realised I had done so but by this time it had gone. Luckily we did have another windlass although it was a long handled one and was difficult to use on these particular locks.
The following day we walked back to Hack Green to get the car and parked it at the top of the Audlem flight of locks.
On the 15th Feb we woke up to beautiful day with some early morning mist. We moved up two locks and filled our water tank, due to the difficulties with using the long arm windlass I took the car and travelled back to Overwater Marina to purchase another windlass before attempting another 10 locks and mooring at Coxbank prior to the remaining 2 Audlem Locks. It was a great mooring spot and we stayed for 5 days. We met up with Duncan and Dave, here, our friends from Twitter whom we had last seen on the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Bingley.
Directly opposite this mooring there were some reed beds and at night we could here an otter family playing and even managed to see them by shining a large torch through the window. What a fantastic experience!
We stay at Hack Green until 11th Feb, it's a great mooring and the car was parked nearby. We had a meal out with our friends on the 3rd Feb in Audlem and visited the Hack Green secret Nuclear Bunker. We did try to move earlier but we had some really high winds so decided to stay where we were.
Although cold, it was really bright day and we had a lovely cruise to Coole Pilate visitor moorings. We had intended to go to Audlem but the moorings at Coole Pilate were too good to miss, lovely rural moorings with great views and picnic benches. Probably very popular in spring and summer months. So despite being low on water and in need of boaters facilities we decided to stop.
1st February 2019
We spent two weeks in Nantwich and really enjoyed our stay there, we managed to park the car by the cafe so had access to the car for the two weeks stay. Nantwich is a lovely market town with good facilities. The town is only a 10 minute walk with a Morrisons and Aldi for provisions and lots of great pubs and restaurants. The weather was quite variable and we had a couple of light dustings of snow and some freezing temperatures. We were due to leave Nantwich on 31st January but the ice was too thick for us to move. The following day was slightly better so in the morning we moved the car down to Hack Green and walked the 3 miles back. We had some lunch of homemade soup and freshly baked bread then moved the boat in the afternoon.
During the cruise we unfortunately lost a GoPro camera overboard, neither of us was paying to much attention as I was feeding the ducks and Pat rested the camera on the boat hatch which is something he wouldn't normally do, we hit a bit of ice and the camera toppled overboard. We tried to fish it out with a pole but the boats propulsion as we reversed to retrieve it dragged the camera under the water.
This was our first experience of ice breaking, it took us two hours to do the 3 miles down to Hack Green including the 2 Hack Green Locks. It was a bitterly cold day and by the time we moored up we were both pretty cold. The canal surface had been variable on the way with some areas fluid and other frozen solid, we didn't really enjoy the ice breaking as you can lose some control over the boat.