Monday, 21 April 2014

Nantwich to River Weaver Aqueduct (Middlewich Branch)

It was Good Friday when we left Nantwich and very busy it was too, we were guessing due to the Jazz Festival in the town over the Easter weekend. On leaving we felt as though we were part of a boat parade, we were in a long line of boats going through the moorings. We were soon passed the moored boats and the parade started to separate a bit. It wasn't long before we came to the first junction, Hurleston, with the Llangollen canal off to the left, we carried on ahead and will come back this way after the Easter break when hopefully it will be a little quieter. 

Passing the Llangollen Canal at Hurleston Junction, we will be back
Next up was Barbridge Junction with the Middlewich Branch, we'll be heading right here after stopping at the elusive water point to top up. 

LJ at the water point
We'll be heading up here, the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union
Passing by this herd of cows
The grey and white one was being very vocal
Approaching the first lock of the day we could see a boat just going in so James moored up while I went to see if anyone was coming up, yes there was a quite a queue, five boats were waiting. We took our turn and headed off again with the same at the next lock, did they all know something we didn't? We passed Aqueduct Marina and then over the aqueduct itself with the River Weaver far below and moored up a couple of hundred yards after. Its a nice spot so we'll probably stay a few days, to avoid the rush of Easter boats.

And over the River Weaver

Moored up for Easter

James made friends with the locals
On Saturday we took a walk to the nearest village, Church Minshull where we were surprised to find a pub there as our guide book didn't mentioned one, then a stroll back down the towpath to LJ.

7 miles and 2 locks
Total 89.7 miles and 77 locks


  1. The Badger was closed for a good few years, before being refurbished & reopened, perhaps that's why it was omitted from the guide ?

    1. Hi Alf, that could be it, it is now a hand written addition to our book :-)