I had a boat test to do in Stoke on Trent today, so we made a weekend of it. Yesterday we drove up to Cheshire to see my sister and her family, and other friends who live up that way. We stayed overnight near Crewe.
This morning it was just a 20 minute drive to Stoke. We met the boat at Westport Lake, and fortunately the sun shone for the next half an hour or so, which was great for the photos. Walking back along the towpath, some of the old industrial buildings looked quite atmospheric.
We were on the road back home at a reasonable time, so decided on a lunch stop. The cafe at Hatton Locks isn't far off the motorway and is always worth a visit, so we went there.