Middlewich is one of my favourite canal towns. I started some of my first hire-boat holidays here in the 1970s and was particularly pleased to see the Middlewich Narrowboats' (or "Willow Wren Kearns" as I still think of it) fleet looking better cared-for than for some time.
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|Croxton, repaired and re-opened one month before schedule|
Arrival at Uplands was something of a baptism of fire - or rather wind. There is a tricky turn off the main line, especially so if you've just stopped at the water point outside, into a narrow, shallow opening and under a very low bridge. Needless to say I didn't take this too quickly, so I was completely unprepared for the crosswind that caught Starcross when we emerged into the marina. At Uplands you moor on long pontoons, with several boats per pontoon, so there are plenty of potential targets. I had to back up under the bridge twice to try and get enough speed up to counteract the wind and then, of course, I overshot the jetty! By now I couldn't decide whether to go in forwards or in reverse so in the end I just let Starcross decide and at least we got in without hitting anything.
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