4th July 2012
A reasonably early departure and a slow journey across the Pennines (by road) saw us at the boat by late morning. It was raining most of the way, but got heavier as soon as we had finished loading the provisions. The next exercise was where to leave the car safely and, once left, how to get back to Python. We decided to take the car to Church Minshull and arranged to leave it in the pub car park some 5 minutes walk from the canal. There is an Arriva bus every half hour back to Northwich and it was a little over a mile from there to walk back to the boat No problem except the rain was relentless and we got a taxi in the end.
After setting off from Middlewich, the first lock on this deep section of the Trent and Mersey was wide, but there was no boat to share it. Strangely the next locks were narrow and boats appeared from all directions especially at Wardle Lock where quite some interest was shown in Python. Despite all the rain, the Middlewich to Barbridge stretch was slow going and we bottomed under several bridges.
The Badger, where we left the car, turned out to be excellent for food and drink and reasonably priced too.