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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Southwards on the Shroppie

We left the Llangollen canal this morning after working down the Hurlston locks. So now we are travelling south ready for the winter, just like the birds.
Stopping at Nantwich at lunchtime we walked into the town where we found a cafe before visiting the Nantwich museum and doing a bit of shopping.
Salt production has been an important industry in this area, from natural salt springs. Wich or wych are names used for brine springs or wells, hence Nantwich, Middlewich, Northwich all locally.
The salt was used in the local Cheshire cheese making and also the tanning industries.

The 14th century, grade 1 listed St. Mary's Church

The Millennium Clock

Some of the old black and white buildings built following a town fire in 1583.

The Nantwich aqueduct 

and over the top

grooves worn by towing ropes at the edge of the aqueduct.
Tonight we are moored a little way from the Audlem flight, which we shall tackle tomorrow.
8 miles, 6 locks

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