Towards Chester and away again

From Bunbury Railway Bridge No 105A to Beeston Stone Lock No 33, a distance of 19 miles, 1¼ flg and 7 locks.

It was cool and damp when we got up and cast off. There were major towpath works going on just before Tilstone Lock No 32 which made it a little awkward to get off to work the lock

The locks down to Chester are not the fastest in the world, and when they only have one top ground paddle working they’re even slower. Luckily we weren’t really in a hurry because we got stuck behind the boats that had been in front of us at Bunbury.

Beeston Castle from the canal
Beeston Castle from the canal

The wind started picking up which made passing moored boats less than fun and the mile plus of linear moorings at Golden Nook Farm Moorings was even more unpleasant than it normally as as we basically crabbed sideways down the canal for the whole length, accompanied by the sound of countless baby wind turbines on the edge of exploding.

Luckily the canal is quite deep so  you can actually make good progress when not crawling past moored boats.

We turned at Quarry Bridge Winding Hole and considered mooring up at Cheshire Cat PH but there were too many badly moored boats to make it possible so we made our way back to Beeston where we pulled in on the visitor moorings above the stone lock for the night.

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