We survived the Pennines then headed south on the Trent and Mersey, meeting up with NB Leo in Stoke on Trent, up the Caldon canal and back, across the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal, down the River Severn and into Gloucester.
Here are some photo highlights:
Victoria and our Silsden visitor Elliott baking Easter buns onboard.
We had a good day out up Skipton Moor with Gemma, Victoria's friend from university.
Enjoying the Yorkshire countryside, at the edge of the Dales.
Victoria braced for the 21 locks down the Wigan flight, plus 2 onto the Leigh branch. Despite searching for another boat to partner with, we headed down the flight alone. Very stiff gates, leaky locks, taking six hours in total.
Having rejoined the Trent and Mersey we went south to Great Haywood before turning right onto the Staffordshire & Worcestershire, which is new territory for us. The canal is scenic and interesting all the way but definitely at its best west of the summit level as you descend towards the Severn. Here PM and Leo are waiting for Kidderminster lock to fill.
The river is probably the best place to see Worcester from, the cathedral comes almost down to the banks. Here we are following Leo as we approach Worcester bridge.