Sunday, 26 April 2015

Church Minshull to Nantwich

Saturday - We made our way down to Middlewich to top up the water tank, then we climbed the three Middlewich locks, squeezing past the two hire fleets with excited crews starting holidays. Turned onto the short Wardle canal that leads FL on to the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union canal.

After the last few days of good sunshine we are now getting damp, the sky releasing showers on us, a few quite heavy. We carry on to moor at the affluent village of Church Minshull, although the Nicholson guide doesn't show a pub in the village, there is a sign at Minshullhill Bridge pointing the way to The Badger Inn 500 metres away.  If someone has gone to the effort to point the way then I feel we should attend. So off we walked down the hill which was a bit hair raising as there isn't a path until near the bottom and a few cars were speeding over the brow. The Badger had a warm friendly welcome for us, two bars and a large dining room, we managed to get a table for two as it was still early, all tables were occupied by the time we were eating. The food was excellent, pie and mash for me and salmon for Sue.





Sunday - The sun was back as we left Church Minshull at 08:00, it was still cold,  fleeces and hats were helping keeping the chill out. We like this link canal (connects the Trent & Mersey to the Shropshire Union),  the scenery is stunning, some of it agricultural interspersed with dairy herds and green fields. At Barbridge junction we took a left and made our way past the junction with the LLangollen Canal to moor at Nantwich Junction Bridge.




We arranged to meet our buddies Paul & Elaine at The Star in the village of Acton, we had seen signage at Acton Bridge telling of the pubs real ale, real fires, good food and dogs welcome.. ..just the job.

We got a message that they were at the pub but it was shut, as in run down no one been there for yonks, shut. You would of thought someone would have taken the canal sign down by now! No worries we had a stroll along the towpath with Sammy & Bombo into Nantwich and sat in the garden of the Oddfellows Arms where we had a good catch up over a glass of Pedigree ale and later coffee on FL.




Andy, Paul & Elaine with Sammy and Bombo.


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