Thursday, 18 September 2008

September Cruise - Day Eight

Friday 19 September

Another bright sunny morning. I knew my faith in a September Indian summer was well founded! We had a relaxed start to the day: it was 9am before we set off, through the Broad Street Tunnel, Worcester Bar and Gas Street Basin.

Having hardly seen a moving boat for days, we were rather taken by surprise by the number of boats about. We made our way along the Worcs and Birmingham Canal, taking two hours to reach King's Norton Junction, where we turned left onto the Stratford.

The Stratford Canal looked lovely in the dappled sunshine. We stopped for water at Warstock (excellent pressure), then had lunch on the move. Soon we were stopping the traffic for the Shirley lift bridge. Then two more lift bridges (but manual ones) before reaching Lapworth Top Lock. A boat was just coming out as we arrived, which was fortunate. We went down four locks, then moored up near the cricket ground for the night.

17 miles, 4 locks. (Totals: 88 miles, 96 locks)

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