Sunday, September 12, 2010

We're On The Worcs & Birmingham Canal

Shirley Drawbridge, North Stratford Canal

Brandwood Tunnel, North Stratford Canal

Former Guillotine Stop Lock, King's Norton Junction

King's Norton Waterpoint

We spent last night opposite some moored boats on private moorings near Swallow Cruisers, mainly because it was away from the road noise. Overnight we had heavy rain but by the morning it had stopped or so we thought, but ten minutes after we'd started off it hammered down. We put on the wet gear sheltering under a tree! I continued my walk with Ben armed with a windlass as I knew there was a lift bridge not too far away. Walking along the towpath I spotted NB Moore2Life moored up so I tapped on the window and they came out to see us. Eric moored up our boat and Chas and Ann made us a cup of tea as the dogs made friends. After a lovely chat we said goodbye and Ann came to do the next lift bridge for us- thanks to you both.

Next stop was some food shopping at Hockley Heath before moving out of Warwickshire and into the West Midlands. We cruised through various suburbs holding up the traffic with the Shirley Drawbridge which is now electric- our book's a bit out of date it said it was windlass operated. We reached the short Brandwood Tunnel with Shakespeare on it's western portal and then past under the former guillotine stop lock gates and we'd arrived at King's Norton Junction.

We turned left onto the Worcester and Birmingham Canal stopping to use the elsan and the waterpoint. We'd been advised to moor up after Wast Hill Tunnel (2726 yards)which took an age to go through as we followed a very slow boat. We met four boats coming towards us in the tunnel more than we'd seen all day. Finally we moored up just off the full visitor moorings with a good satellite signal so we're happy.

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