Seren was the first boat through the works at Wrenbury and about an hour later I passed Nick as he was preparing to leave on Ebenezer. He caught up with me at Willeymore Lock and we followed each other through Poveys and the Grindley flight. In the rain, again.
At the top of the Grindley Brook staircase there’s a lockside cafe so we had a civilised lunch rather than the usual sandwich on the go and remarkably it stopped raining.
I stopped at Whitchurch for water, diesel and loo emptying. Nick with bigger tanks for all the above pressed on.
There are several lift bridges on this section which slows everyone down, unlike locks they’ve got very little mooring room before or after the bridge so it’s tricky getting off, opening the bridge, going through, closing it and getting on again. Sometime late after noon I caught up with Nick and followed him for a few miles across Whixall Moss.
He stopped for the night somewhere near Bettisfield and I carried on to Ellesmere.