Four Counties Ring

For our holiday this time we did the Four Counties Ring anti-clockwise, hoping for some decent weather in June. Sadly, we were to be very disappointed with torrential rain almost every day for the first week. My boots got so wet they took three days to dry out! The plan was to moor up beside a good pub each evening to avoid Jan having to cook onboard. We managed that except for one occasion when I got so wet and cold in a desolate part of the Cheshire Plain I stopped in the early afternoon to try and warm up. A lovely Spag Bol made all the difference and the next day saw us catch up with the schedule. Nick and Sue joined us for the last lap from Brewood when the weather cleared up a bit.

First time for us in Harecastle Tunnel.

First time for us in Harecastle Tunnel.

First time for us in Harecastle Tunnel.

First time for us in Harecastle Tunnel.

Lockside 57 Restaurant in a converted canalside warehouse. 

One of the now disused twin locks on the Trent & Mersey.

Barbridge Junction. I used to sit in the pub opposite with colleagues watching the efforts of hire boaters trying to turn in the wind that whistles along as you come under the bridge.

A unique double arched bridge carrying a now disused telegraph pole.

Not such a professional boater if he hasn’t learned how to tie up his boat!

Jan at the helm waiting for a lock in the p…..g down rain.

Family of swans on The Shroppie.

Two former Ownerships boats meeting on The Shroppie. 

Nick and Sue again near journeys end at Tixall Lock.

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