|2 Storey Shops|
|Modern garages aren't like this!|
|This Georgian building is incorporated into Tesco's car park!|
|Sign on building within Chester Cathedral complex!|
|St John's in Chester|
|Brewery Tap Pub|
|Cloudy tasty beer|
|Castle walls on top of lock cutting|
|Bridge of Sighs.|
|Deep staircase lock, note cut rock sides|
We stopped by the service station by the locks down to the Dee. I read the blog of http://www.tuesdaynightclub.co.uk/Tour_04/Tour04_11.html about their trip on the river from the canal but couldn’t understand what they referred to regarding the lock over the weir. Perhaps my photo shows how a slightly greater depth of water over the weir is generated, despite the gate only being about 18” tall.
|Weir lock gate|
As we set off from the services the weather looked foul, but despite thunder and incredibly dark clouds I only got a bit wet and bright, warm sun was on my back as we headed towards Ellesmere Port. We stopped short just past br 139 to keep us short of the M53 & it was a lovely evening. 2 motorbikes used the tarmac towpath and must have been touching 50mph passing us, I’m taking it up with BW, but I doubt they will be able to do much.
|A little restoration project|
|Another restoration project|
The museum really deserves a long visit, especially if you want to look at the archive films. Some of the boats are fantastic, but I really doubt that these will ever float again. Interesting too that the original tidal lock gates at the end of the Shroppie are still there despite not having been used for some 130 years.