8th January 2020
We leave Wheelock and start our journey up the Cheshire Locks, commonly known as Heartbreak Hill. The canal becomes quite rural with small settlements lining the canal at intervals, Wheelock, Malkins Bank, Hassall Green and Rodes Heath, all to a large extent depended on the former salt works that originally lined the canal banks. Here patches of new housing can be seen mixing with old terraced cottages and wharfs but we also have fine views of the Cheshire Plain.
We had intended to moor at Hassell Green after doing 10 locks but sadly the moorings here were covered in dog poop so we decided to continue through a further 4 locks.
We finally moor at Rode Heath, next to Rode Heath Rise, an open space with a meadow and a woodland on the site of a former salt works.
There are good moorings here albeit opposite some housing on the offside but tow path side was the lovely meadow. We had a walk through the meadow and up to the road.
Watch out for the steel lock, built in 1958 but sadly demolished in the 1980's as it was unused due to slow filling so boaters therefore preferred to use the other lock.
There is a large jump between the last vlog and this one. So just to update you, we put Dunworkin into a marina at Northwich on the Trent and Mersey and returned to Kent to spent 10 days including Christmas with our daughter, son in law and 3 grandchildren. Pat managed to catch flu which was apparent the day after our arrival in Kent so spent the whole of Christmas and the following 3 weeks unwell!
29th December 2019
We left the marina and found a quiet spot to spend new year eve, we did manage a short walk but as Pat still feeling unwell we didn't go too far.
1st January 2020
We had a lovely New Years day cruise to Middlewich where we stayed overnight as we wanted to top up with some grocery shopping. We did get an internet shop delivery while we were in the marina.
2nd January 2020
We cruised through Middlewich Locks and met up with a twitter follower NB Lingalonga who incidentally was at Reedley Marina where we stayed for a month after the launch of our boat.
We passed through Kings Lock and moored for an hour while we had fish and chips at the rather excellent chippy at the top of the locks. We decided however to move onto Wheelock as the mooring here is a bit noisy with lots of heavy lorries using the adjacent road.
We didn't quite make it to Wheelock as we found a lovely isolated mooring between Bridges 160 and 161 at Sandbach.
5th January 2020
We moved down to Wheelock where we stayed for 3 days as the weather wasn't great and we didn't want to start our ascent up Heartbreak Hill in the rain. Meanwhile Pat did some editing while I made the most of the wet weather and did some sewing.