Monday 28th February
The forecast in the evening was rain from early afternoon the next day. Our plan was to set off early and cruise until the rain started. The plan was good on paper but we awoke to rain. After a leisurely breakfast the rain stopped and we set of towards Ellesmere. Stopping first at the water point to top up with water . We then moored just past bridge 58 and cycled the short distance to the town. Quiche for lunch was purchased from the excellent Vermeulen delicatessen. We were soon back on the boat and making our way past the Meres. The rain held off until 13:00 so we moored up for lunch. By the time the time we had finished eating the rain had stopped so we set off again.
We ignored the short detour along the Prees branch. We may go down it on our return. There were no locks today just the one lift bridge as short distance past the Prees junction.
By 15:30 the rain had started again and was getting heavier. We decided to moor a short distance for what would have been the second28th February28th February lift bridge of the day.