We were the first boat down the flight this morning and anticipated meeting the first boat coming up around the halfway point. To our pleasant surprise we met the first boat coming up at our second lock. That meant all the locks were in our favour for the rest of the flight.
There is a brick building on the offside towards the lower end of the flight. Some years ago a boater had informed us the building was a former stables to allow a change of horses for boats using the flight.
Two years ago one of the CRT volunteers told us it was a former canal company maintenance workshop and housed a blacksmith and carpenter who were responsible for ensuring the lock gates and ironware were kept in good condition. That made more sense!
Our passage down the flight took exactly two hours and we arrived outside Audlem Mill to have our pick of the moorings.
Jan went off to have a look at all the handicrafts in Audlem Mill before our lunch engagement. We had arrange to meet John and Judith (nb Serena) in the Shroppie Fly. Last time we were this way the Shroppie Fly was closed. It’s now re-opened and has a good head chef.
We lingered over a lazy lunch enjoying John & Judith’s company. There was a year of catching up to be done.
It’s not hard to tell John had more than one pint!
We have a meeting in Nantwich tomorrow and regrettably couldn’t stay the night in Audlem.
John & Judith kindly assisted us through the last three locks passing by nb Serena below the water point.
There are tentative plans for another boaters meeting during winter.
We finished the day moored at Hack Green near the Secret Bunker. Or should I be mentioning that!