Monday, July 01, 2013

Whixall Marina To Ellesmere

A view of Whixall Marina

Yesterday we spent a lazy day at Whixall Marina, a very quiet place with very little boat movement. The occasional boat comes down for fuel and  a few hire boats come and go but we can't see any of this from our mooring. We managed to get a 3 signal on my mifi dongle so had the internet to amuse myself. Eric was quite happy with the British Grand Prix on the television to watch. We ate our Sunday Roast at teatime so I didn't disturb his viewing.
NB Bendigedig on the Prees Branch

Today we decided to make a move out of the marina, luckily it wasn't too windy as a narrow boat manoeuvring in wind is not good. We made our way up the Prees Branch with just two lift bridges to raise and lower before it was cruising to Ellesmere. As usual they each took 50 turns to open but not quite so many to put down. Ben and I walked for a while, Eric did have one dip in the weed hatch when he lost his forward drive, my fault he'd pulled over to pick up Ben and I.
Prees Junction
The cruise to Ellesmere took just three hours, with lots of hire boats on the move. Ben and I got back off for another walk from Colemere to Ellesmere passing Blakemere on the way....Ben managed to stay out of the lake this time. Perhaps he was remembering the wash he had after going in the dirty water of the unnavigable section of the Prees Arm yesterday .......he came out covered in yukky black gunge and mud yesterday! We moored up on the Ellesmere Arm where I could get a 3 signal. We did a bit of shopping in Ellesmere before we settled for a lazy evening onboard the boat.

A view of Blakemere

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