We pulled pins from our best ever picturesque mooring at Wharton’s lock at 08.25 and made our way towards the city of Chester . We shared the last five locks down into Chester with a local Trust boat which made locking a lot easier.
There are so many stories that we have heard about mooring in Chester. We have friends who have had things thrown off their roof into the canal and even people walking on top of their boats plus numerous other horror stories. But as always we like to give the stories the benefit of the doubt and try it for ourselves. We had been told that there were some good moorings past bridge 123e which should be OK to use in the week ,but not at weekends when you should only moor down in the basin below the Northgate staircase locks. so we thought we would check them out.
There was even a very funny looking bird here . I looked in my British birds book but couldn’t find out what sort it was . It later turned out that there was a falconry centre on the other side of the wall to our moorings where I guess he came from.
This floating restraunt boat passed us several times and I was so impressed with how the steered reversed the boat past us . It wasn’t until I had a closer look that I could see that the boat could be propelled and steered from both ends as you can see from the wash coming from the bow.