We motored on to the old Elton Moss Boatyard which has now been demolished and the site cleared.
As we approached the Salt works now owned by Tata Chemicals we spotted an Oyster catcher on her nest. At first we could not decide if it was rubbish or not as it was well disguised but its partner flying across the canal gave the game away.
The canal had been very quiet until we were going down the Middlewich 3 and there we met 2 boats coming up and this hire boat had great difficulty turning the tight right hand bend into the top lock. This is when a girly button (Bow Thruster)is very useful.
We moored up by the park and went shopping to Tesco before moving off into the quiet of the countryside outside the town. I say quiet but being a bank holiday the afternoon was a continual stream of hire boats going in both directions.