It had rained heavily during the night and the sky was grey & foreboding so we set off around eight o’clock. The aim was to get to pershore for the night. On the way up we had seen good moorings at Pershore Recreation Ground so that’s where we were heading for .

By the time we got to Evesham we had had some spots of rain, but not too bad. We stopped to use the free pumpout machine near Glovers island. Whilst we were pumping out the rain started to get heavier. On the section before Fladbury lock the intensity of the rain increase, and as went down the reach from Fladbury to Wyre Lock the heavens opened and we had about half an hour of some of the heaviest rain Ive ever seen! We shared Wyre lock with a young couple on a Black Prince Hire boat (Robyn). They left the lock before us and took the last available space at the Recreation Ground, so we went down through Pershore Lock and moored up just below Pershore bridges. By this time the flow was getting noticable stronger and the level gauge was in the “amber”. We were cold and wet like drowned rats!

Growing on tree at the picnic site we found these bracket fungi, there were also some on the ground. They smelt delicious, but we were too scared to try cooking them!

The gauge was by now just in the orange and the river was rising so we decided to stay put until the morning. The weather had improved a lot so the afternoon was spent wandering around the town of Pershore. We went to have a look at the abbey, but as we approached the door we were told it was just closing.
In the evening we cooked a barbecue outside but ate inside. The wind was blowing strongly so we had to rig up a makeshift windbreak. Not easy when you cant hammer the poles into concrete.

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