Sunday 16 February

The BBC weather forecast had told us today would be sunny.  It wasn’t wrong.  We set off early under blue skies and were reminded of why we love this way of life so much.    The birds were singing and we sighted several soaring buzzards enjoying the sunshine too.

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We passed by the start of the Llangollen Canal as that is closed until the 7th March for major repairs to Locks 1 – 4.

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We continued on through Nantwich, passing the not so secret Secret Bunker at Hack Green and onto Audlem through the beautiful Cheshire countryside.    Four locks in total.    On the outskirts of Nantwich, through the trees, we saw an amazing spectacle in the distance.  An enormous dalek – at least 30 feet tall.  It was too far away to photograph – google Snugbury’s Ice-cream Farm, Nantwich for a good look.

We last passed this way in March 2010 and they’ve built a new marina at Audlem since then so we amended our Nicholson’s Canal Guide so we’d know of the facilities it offers for the future.

After a late lunch we went off to explore the beautiful village of Audlem and bought an ice-cream which we ate under the Butterdings outside the church.

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