|approaching Yard Lock, Stone|
As I whizzed along the longish middle pound - on my bike - I saw that it would make a good place to tie up for the night, so that's what we did. We are directly in front of the Bywater Hotel pair; I had a good chat with the owner.
We have now come up with a reasonably definite plan: we'll go to Liverpool via the Bridgewater Canal and Leeds and Liverpool Canal, then traverse the Pennines on the L&L, then return to the Trent and Mersey via Standedge Tunnel. (I'd better find out about booking a passage - and booking from Aintree to Liverpool.) We have a deadline to meet at the beginning of September, that's the annual BCF Barbecue at The Taft near Rugeley, but we can meet that on four-hour days and still have a couple of days in hand. We're actually already slightly ahead of schedule now; I aim to keep it that way.
Oh - I have discovered that there's no John Lewis in Stoke; I'll have to do my camera thing in the Trafford Centre. The Bridgewater Canal goes very near, so that's handy.