Crewe Bus Station
As well as taking you through unexpectedly scenic places, buses can also reveal that large proportions of the population of these islands actually live in areas of unrelieved mediocrity and tedium. The 31 bus to Northwich was one such bus. Although it did cross the Middlewich branch at Church Minshull and almost went past the "Badger" pub, well-known by boaters, the second part of the trip through the interminable 1970s suburbs of Winsford and Northwich was enough to put you off travelling for life. It was a relief to actually arrive in Northwich, where the 25 minutes before my next bus was long enough for another walk round the market (and another quick wotsit) as well as allowing a quick inspection of the magnificent swing-bridge over the River Weaver in the town centre.
|River Weaver Swing-bridge at Northwich|