Saturday, October 02, 2010

Back On The Shroppie ( S.U.C)

Waiting at Autherley Junction

Autherley Stop Lock at Bridge 1 (S.U.C)

We left our mooring below Gailey Lock and I went on ahead to do the lock. Of course it was full and I had to turn it with no boats in sight wanting to come down. While the lock emptied Eric popped in the Canal Shop in the Round House to get some milk. The waterpoint was full of boats so we decided to get some at Autherley Junction - the people moored on the Gailey waterpoint were just chatting with not a hose in sight.

Ben and I walked for few miles before getting back on the boat to make bacon butties for lunch-very nice too. Not that many boats moving which was great because we didn't meet any boats in the narrow section at Pendeford. We finally reached Autherley Junction and planned to turn right to go on the Shropshire Union Canal going through the stop lock. First we had to wait as a boat came out and another went in the lock. Soon it was our turn and we went under Bridge 1 of the Shroppie and into the lock. The water level difference is small but we were raised up onto the Shroppie and back on one of our favourite canals.

The Shropshire Union Canal Society has provided lots of visitor moorings which makes finding a mooring easier so we moored up before Bridge 8. Off the visitor moorings you often have the 'shroppie shelf' which the boat bangs against unless you put long fenders down. With heavy rain forecast tomorrow we won't be going anywhere by boat but Ben will get a walk regardless of the weather.

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