I had always wanted to do a barge trip, so when a friend suggested 3 of us board the Wandering Duck for a mid week break, I was up for it. Initially, I was a little worried about sharing such a confined space with strangers, but this was not a problem at all. The barge was much bigger than I had thought, with 2 showers, a front and rear seating area, and a comfortable lounge area. We could even sit on the roof and have our lunch! Mark and Ruth were fabulous hosts, were engaging and also very accommodating. We were able to hop on and off whenever we fancied a wander through the beautiful countryside in the Peaks, or have a go at fishing after one our lunch breaks. Also, as a Jane Austin fan, I was quite excited to visit Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy, on Day 2 of our trip. The locks were great fun to operate, and a unique opportunity to experience simple engineering that is really quite fascinating. I felt totally relaxed when we arrived in Congleton, our final stop, and was sad to leave. I could definitely have stayed onboard for another night.
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