Here we are, on the last country moorings provided by the Shropshire Union Canal Society on the Middlewich branch, of that canal at Cholmoldeston, (pronounced Churmston), between bridges 4 and 5. We have a very short hop to our home mooring tomorrow, but wanted to leave ourselves plenty of time to clean the boat out after living aboard for the last three weeks.
The ring is a round trip of 114 miles, 102 locks, 36 small aqueducts and 2 tunnels, (Cowley and Harecastle). The trip will take 63 hours of cruising time, not counting hold ups, such as those we encountered at a couple of locks. This equates to 9 days at around 7 hours a day, although we chose to make a more leisurely trip so we could have relaxing days with time to look around places of interest. The four counties visited are Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and West Midlands.