Sunday, June 25, 2017

Moving out of Chester

After a nice lay in, we got ourselves ready to move out. First we filled with water and then turned in the basin at Chester. Steve and Ian (a lock keeper at Marsworth) offered to help us up the staircase which does seem a bit daunting when you approach it...
We ended up getting up with ease with about 15 people watching, and set off saying our goodbyes.
This next part just blows you away as you come out of Chester.
We stopped at Waitrose and Al picked up a few bits before we did the other five locks remaining for the day.
We had been warned about the swirl on these locks and that it comes out on the opposite side to the paddle on some locks.. Being ready we just took our time and opened one paddle slowly which seemed to work for us anyway.. One lock did catch us out and more paintwork will be required when we get the chance..
After the locks it was a nice cruise for a hour and a half with only a small shower and moored boats to interrupt our excitement.
We ended up mooring in the same place we stopped at on the way up, but no pub for us as we are having a dry day..

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