Monday, 10 May 2010

May Cruise - Day 4

A cooked breakfast to celebrate a non-working Monday (although I work only 50 per cent of Mondays anyway), then we set off at 9am.  We were soon in Kidderminster, with the picturesque lock below the church -- although what you can't see is the ring road over the tail.

We stopped at the moorings by Tesco to restock, and I mopped the roof of the boat.  It was lovely and sunny and quite warm.  Setting off again, we were soon in Stourport.  Our plan of mooring at York Road for lunch was scuppered by a lack of space, so we went down into the basins and filled with water while having lunch.  Then it was down the two staircases onto the River Severn.

We'd had a plan to moor on the river pontoons, but there were no spaces there either, so we decided to head down the river and go through one of the big Severn locks.  Having done that, we made a snap decision to carry on to Worcester -- it's only about three hours, and we could easily get back in time.  The river was lovely -- flat calm, very little flow, great reflections.  Swans flew overhead and swallows darted about catching flies.  Progress was quick and we were soon in Worcester.

The river in Worcester was very busy with rowers and canoeists.  We went down past the Cathedral before turning near the locks up to Diglis Basin, mooring on the river between the railway bridge and the pedestrian bridge.  We were on our own to start with, but first two more boats then another arrived, so we were four narrowboats all moored together.

19 miles, 12 locks.  (54, 38)

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