Willey Moor Lock

On Tuesday it was sunny so instead of moving on we walked from our mooring at Blake Mere to Cole Mere and then walked around the lake. The meres around Ellesmere are extensive and well worth exploring.

Picturesque Cottage at Cole Mere

Fallen tree at Cole Mere

By the time we had moved off, mid morning, the weather had started deteriorating. By the time we crossed Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses it was dull and windy. 

Operating a Lift Bridge near Prees Junction

Both Albert and Blue Pearl took on water at Grindley Brook. It was very quiet so going through this notorious bottleneck was simple. The lock keeper was particularly chatty and helpful.

Maggie at Grindley Brook
Leaking middle gates at Grindley Brook
Bilingual warning notices
We passed through Povey's Lock and moored up just above Willey Moor Lock. It was a late in the day and we went to the Willey Moor Lock - the pub that is. The fish and chips we had were great and they had a good selection of real ales. One of the features of the pub are its collections of teapots and Toby jugs.

Part of the extensive teapot collection at Willey Moor Lock Inn