Friday, 30 October 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
We started the day with a visit to Stourport Basins. As we approached the staircase locks up from the river, a Viking Afloat hire boat was approaching -- the same one we'd seen yesterday. They didn't seem to have much idea about the operation of the locks, so we lent a hand with the bottom pair and watched them make quite a good entry into the top pair.
We walked down over the barge locks. The old Tontine Hotel is still being converted (it seems to have taken ages), and the newly dug out far basin still has flats on only one side. The other two sides are still building sites, but without much evidence of building. The basin itself is still closed to boats. The Upper Basin and Clock Basin were as full as ever, and we chatted to a liveaboard couple on Catflap, who'd just filled with diesel at the chandlers and spun the boat onto the water point.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
There's a sign at the lock showing the flood level in the summer of 2007. It was a couple of feet above the lock. As we walked back we spotted a Viking Afloat boat heading towards the lock. The red traffic light began flashing, then the gates opened and the light turned green so the boat could go straight in.
Saturday, 24 October 2009
The pound above the lock appears to need little more than some water.
Just around the corner there's another lock with a bridge to take the towpath to the other side.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Friday, 2 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
We walked into Brewood and found a good selection of shops. The butcher was particularly good. BW were doing a lot of work along the canal, mowing and strimming the towpath and clearing lots of overgrowth on the offside.
We set off again for Wheaton Aston to fill with water. All three water points were occupied when we arrived, but Windsong were just about to leave so we took their spot. We had lunch while the tank filled, then continued north, passing Windsong again moored up for the weekend in a nice open spot. It was about 4.15 when we arrived at Norbury Junction, but not wanting to spend the night in the basin we tied up on the visitor moorings. There was plenty of late afternoon sunshine, so we went for a walk up to the bridge. We saw a report on the local TV news the other evening about how the stoppage on the Shroppie is badly affecting businesses like Norbury, now that there's so little passing trade. But the yard does seem to be making the most of the stoppage in one sense: there were eight boats moored across the canal.
19 miles, 2 locks (264, 190)