After breakfast on Thursday morning I could no longer resist visiting the craft shop before leaving Castle Douglas. Two stories high and filled with an abundance of different crafting materials from fabrics to paints, stamps to yarn and lots more inbetween. I almost managed to come out of the shop unscathed until I saw this pair of Alice stamp sets and then my resistance failed miserably. However it could have been a lot worse I guess.
Back to Nantwich we went avoiding the chaos of motorway roadworks by taking the toll road. We took an afternoon stroll along the canal to stretch our legs after the car journey. We walked along the old Chester canal which was built in 1772.
It was a beautiful walk away from the traffic, lots of pretty canal boats and its hard to imagine that this would once have been the main way of transporting goods in times past.
We came across this wooden sculpture as a reminder of the wonderful horses that would have towed the boats along the canal.
The main line between Nantwich and Autherly Junction was almost built as a railway line but eventually they decided to build it as a waterway.
Along our journey we saw a sign for the Star Inn public house so on the way back we turned off the canal path in search of it. The footpath took us through fields of corn.
Then through a housing estate before getting back onto the main road, passing this pretty church and arriving at our destination.
Sadly when we arrived at the Star Inn it was to find it had been permanently closed I've borrowed this photo from a newspaper article, sadly the Star Inn we discovered was covered in grime and road traffic dirt and looking very forlorn.
It would appear that it has been sold and outline planning permission given to turn the Grade 'll building into three residential homes - however this was back in 2016 and sadly it is still empty which will no doubt be another building left to decay before any real action is taken.
We carried on walking back along the road to our original starting point at the aquaduct before going back to our hotel for our evening meal.