Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Alrewas To Branston Water Park........Room To Moor!

Looking back at Alrewas Lock
The Weir
Taking a rest- a Black Headed Gull
Bridge on river section
Today we cruised the river section from Alrewas Lock to Wychnor Lock on the lovely clear water of the River Trent. We walked across the footbridges which carry the towpath last night to have a look at today's route and were asked by a hireboater 'Is this a river?'........words fail me!

We queued to use Alrewas Lock but we were soon on the river and heading towards the weir where the River Trent goes over a large weir protected by a barrier. A black headed gull was sitting there with it's chocolate brown summer plumage. I took a photo of one of the bridges on this section because the last time we came this way we managed to lose a fender here......this time it didn't get us.

I had planned to walk Ben on the next section of canal but Ben had other ideas, after a short walk he decided the noise from the A38 was too much and jumped back on the boat at the next bridge hole. We walked the section from Barton Lock to Branston Water Park instead as it was away from road noise. We were lucky enough to find a space to moor and get a satellite signal. With The IWA National Festival near here in two weeks, I expect it'll only get busier.

We walked to Morrison's via the subway under the A38 to Branston village to get some fresh fruit and vegetables. We would have got lost if it hadn't been for a local lady who pointed us in the right direction. So tomorrow we'll be passing through Burton on Trent and going to Willington where there's a new marina and Midland Chandlers as we need some air filters. I wonder if there'll be any room on the visitor moorings in Willington?

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