We're heading north so we travelled to the visitor moorings just south of Brewood for an overnight stop. Here the towpath is wide and grassy and it was nice not to be next to a very dusty towpath with bikes and runners rushing by as we found on the southern Staffs & Worcs Canal.
We always enjoy the Shroppie also known as the Shropshire Union Canal (S.U.C) with its cool, shady cuttings and high embankments especially on a very hot sunny day. Ben and I walked to Brewood while Eric steered the boat and then we moored up for bread and milk stop in the Co-op. We then cruised as far as Wheaton Aston stopping after the lock to use the services- it was five days since we last filled up with water and I had loads of washing to do.
Our overnight stop was planned as Norbury Junction and we arrived after five and a half hours cruising- a much longer day than usual for us. Loads of room to moor here even on a Friday afternoon. There's also a book swap here so I'm off to change my books.