Engine hours start: 283.1 end: 286.5hr = 3.4 hours
Miles:9 Locks:0 Lock miles 9
Back to overcast with occasional showers and fleeting bright periods - mild though. Lazy start today watching as the keenies all tried to go up Big Lock at once :-)
In contrast, we slipped quietly out of Middlewich - good towpath to Croxton Flash (now poled off so boats unable to enter).
Passed Bramble Cuttings 48 hour mooring beyond Bridge 176 - looks like a charming spot for BBQ and overnight stop.
Spotted some almost ripe damsons between bridges 179-180a - made note to stop on way back.
Moored at Lion Salt Works 12:30. Really interesting visit and an example of an industry relying on cheap labour and technology unchanged since Roman times - completely left behind by others investing in vacuum technology. Bought some postcards but no stamps...
After visit, wandered along another mile or so to moor opposite Anderton Marina. Made use of nearby services block for Elsan and showers.
Checked out the holding moorings by the boat lift ready for tomorrow.
Splendid steak dinner at Stanley Arms.