We awoke at 5am and decided to get up and have a cuppa, then we set off very quietly, so as not to disturb anyone. It was going great until we had to crawl along on tick-over past about one and a half miles of permanently moored boats. never mind we negotiated the five locks, only meeting two other boats on their way down.
At Tilstone Lock this lovely cottage was up for sale, now we were on the outskirts of the city. Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed were growing in abundance along the offside of the canal in one place.
So, how many red bricks do you think it may have taken to build this fancy water-tower then? The other tower, looking rather like a lighthouse, was part of the lead-works and was used for making lead shot. The old Steam Mill is now mainly offices. After mooring up before Bridge 123E we put our feet up, had coffee, then went for a stroll around Chester. It was nice and cool walking around the ‘Rows’ which are galleried walkways above street level with access to many little specialist shops. On our way back we popped into the huge Tesco to replenish the Guinness as it wasn’t far to carry it back to the boat.