Another excellent mid week excursion is the 50 miles or so trip to Ellesmere taking 4 nights and incorporating 30 locks. Over the centuries Ellesmere has developed into a thriving Market town with numerous Georgian and half timbered buildings surrounding the medieval streets. The weekly market still runs every Tuesday. The mere, created from a retreating ice age 10,000 years ago, is the largest of 9 meres and mosses. Here you can hire rowing boats or book a trip on the steam power launch. The wildlife and heron watch centre has a comfortable indoor viewing area, together with formal gardens and woodland walks. With plenty of cafes, pubs, inns and restaurants there is plenty of choice for refreshment to recharge.