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Summer 2017 Part 1 Week 4

Middlewich to Elesemere Port and Back to Chester.

Wardle LockCholmondeston LockAt Middlewich we leave the T&M on what is reputed to be the shortest Canal in the country, possibly the world. This short 200yd long Canal with a single lock was built by the T&M to prevent the Shropshire Union canal gaining control of the junction with the T&M Main line. Above its one lock it forms an end on Junction with the Shropshire Union Middlewich branch.

The Middlewich Branch is mainly rural and cuts through the Cheshire Countryside for 10 miles with only 3, sometimes deep, locks to break up the trip.

 

BarbridgeBunbury

At Barbridge we join the Shropshire Union Main  Line from Chester to Wolverhampton and head north towards Chester.  This Section of the canal is broad all the way from the Ship canal entrance at Elesemere Port to Nantwich.

At Bunbury we drop down through the staircase lock and further on at Beeston we have a cast Iron lock to navigate (one boat at a time as the walls are bulging inward and can jam two boats)

 

 

NorthgateBoat Museum

We continue to drop down through well spread out locks all the way to Chester the walled Roman City. There are plenty of Services and moorings in Chester and the canal passes through an impressive sandstone cutting on its way to until the final three locks of the Northgate Staircase which is partly cut out of the natural sandstone.

 

 

Tattenhall MarinaThis gives us access to the lock free pound all the way to Elesemere Port and the boat museum 9 miles away.

From the Boat Museum we retrace our steps to Chester, climb back up the locks to Tattenhall

 

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