Sunday, 13 May 2012

Audlum & Adderley Locks

We left Overwater Marina on Saturday morning but only went as far as the moorings below Audlum flight of locks so that Roger could watch the Grand Prix qualifying.

the mere

River Weaver running under the canal

It's a lovely spot to moor but the "Shroppie shelf" is quite wide here and every time a boat went passed we slammed into it so as soon as the qualifying finished we set off up the locks.  We both prefer doing lock flights in the afternoon anyway, and as usual, most boats had finished moving by the time we set off. Despite most of the 15 locks being set against us we had a good fast trip up and moored for the night just below the Adderley flight.

I really like Audlum locks.  They're easy to work and really beautiful with cowslips everywhere.  

They also have a couple of lock-side stalls ranging from this small tea chest selling free-range eggs and flowers

to this stall selling home-made cakes, biscuits and clotted cream teas.

It's Grand Prix again today so we did Adderley Locks this morning.  It was very busy but as most of the traffic was coming down we didn't have to queue to go up the locks and had plenty of help from the hire boat crews.
There's a farm stall beside the top lock selling cakes, home-made jams, sticks and bacon and if you want any lamb, pork or chicken the actual farm shop is just behind the lock building.

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