On Saturday we decided to escape the runners pounding along the towpath above Bratch Locks and of course the bikers whizzing by and continue our journey planning to get past Autherley Junction. It was a mix of walking, cruising and working through six locks with quick stop at Limekiln Chandlers as we'd forgotten to buy a pot of Oxford Blue Toplac. We passed Aldersley Junction where the Wolverhampton 21 starts or finishes and we were soon passing Autherley Junction with its fingerpost pointing to Chester on the Shropshire Union Canal and Great Haywood...our destination. We were lucky we didn't meet another boat in 'Pendeford Rockin', the old boatmen's name for the shallow , narrow cutting where the navvies cut through a solid belt of sandstone according to Pearson's Canal Companion. We passed the Fox & Anchor at Coven where the drinkers shouted hello and finally moored up near Moat House Bridge, a nice quiet spot.
On Sunday we stayed put in the countryside. I decided to walk to the petrol station near Gailey on the A5 to get a Sunday paper and give Ben a walk. I was out for two and half hours so Ben had a really good walk we and only met one bike and one runner, what a difference from the southern parts of the Staffs & Worcs Canal. Back on the boat I made a shepherd's pie for lunch while Ben waited for a bit of mince on top of his dinner. Eric had been busy sanding and treating rust spots so he can put red oxide on them later this afternoon. NB Bendigedig will be getting spotty as the roof needs the same treatment.