Thursday, 22nd August, 2013 at Middlewich.
We set off from the Anderton Lift to start the journey back south. We had hoped to visit the Salt Museum, which came highly recommended by the guide books - but we found that it was closed for renovation, with a notice saying "due to re-open in 2012"! Again we passed the large industrial areas south of Northwich.
With the boys on board, we had used more water than we anticipated and the "poo" tank had filled up at an alarming rate! So we needed water and a pump-out. As we approached Middlewich Boatyard in the centre of town, we were relieved to see the staff still there and we moored up at the service moorings. M spoke to Robbie, who explained that they had just put everything away and were shutting up shop for the day, but he said that we were welcome to moor there for the night and he would do the pumpout at 7.45 in the morning. In the meantime, we were welcome to fill up with water - which we did.
One consequence of going through the Anderton Lift was that the guillotine gates, when raised to let boats in and out, dripped very dirty brown water all over the boat - so R got busy washing MM down.
Today: 10 miles, 4 locks and 5.7 hours.
Trip: 293 miles, 221 locks and 237.7 hours.