Friday, 25 March 2016

Easter trip to Chester (Good Friday 25/3/2016)

With Easter long weekend approaching, we drew up a cunning plan to pop up to Chester. Alison had singing commitments till Saturday early afternoon while Andrew was free from Thursday evening after a staff development day.
So Andrew travelled to the boat on the Thursday and then on Good Friday moved round to Barbridge. Very easy trip due to plenty of boats coming up the Hurleston Locks. There was also a lock-keeper working so Andrew was able to stay on the boat down the whole flight.
Set out from Swanley Bridge Marina about 10:15 after emptying the toilet and ash-can and filling the water tank.
Moored up opposite the Olde Barbridge Inn around noon.
Went for a long walk in the afternoon. Set off around 13:45 and got back about 18:15 after checking out Bunbury Locks and then the village itself. Had a pint in the Dysart Arms near the church. Also found the Nags Head in the village. This confusingly has a sign outside saying Horse and Groom...
Staggered back to the Old Barbridge Inn feeling knackered but virtuous. Pint and some pork scratchings before retiring to boat for a quiet evening. Earned a lie-in tomorrow!

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