We enjoyed a cup of coffee in bed while our combined brains tried to complete the Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword. With only two clues yet to solve we got up and I cooked brunch and listened to the Archers Omnibus while Max & Storm went off for a long walk along the towpath. (The two outstanding clues were solved later in the day).
We intended visiting Little Moreton Hall this afternoon (a National Trust property) and moved the boat to the recommended mooring close to the cross-country footpath identified in our Nicholson’s Canal guide. This warned us to beware of nettles and brambles but did not mention a footpath of deep puddles and impassable thick mud. Sadly we had to abandon our plan – a shame as the hall is apparently the finest example of black and white timbered architecture in the UK and we were looking forward to comparing this to ‘Flemingate’.
Having failed to find a drier route to the hall, and as it was such a lovely sunny afternoon, we decided to take advantage of the weather and instead strolled along lanes closer to the boat, enjoying the Mow Cop hill to the east and views towards Jodrell Bank to the West.
The quality of light as dusk fell was amazing.