Stourport

The river had changed completely, smooth and as flat as a millpond. We were away by 6:20. We weren’t the only early birds as we shared Strensham lock with another narrowboat, but they were only aiming for Tewkesbury. We made good progress and got to Tewsesbury by 9:30. When we got there the BP boat

Still at Pershore

Overnight the river rose more and was now in the red on the gauge. Teresa & Lindsay needed to be at Tewkesbury by early afternoon. It looked very unlikely that we would be able to make that so, reluctantly they ordered a taxi to pick them up at noon. Meanwhile we took a walk up

Pershore

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

Bidford on Avon

We were awoken in the night by some loud young men from a boat about 100yds away who were swimming across the river at 4:30 in the morning! A lazy start today. We got up and went for a walk along the riverside to the bridge below Colin P. Witter lock and back up through

Stratford Upon Avon

For almost ten years now Teresa has wanted to arrive in Stratford by boat, well at last we have achieved it! Though it was after a fairly hectic day. We started early and moved up to Evesham lock by about 8:20. The lock is keeper operated and doesnt open until 9:00, so we had our

Evesham

The sky was clear and blue as we set off for our first trip up the Avon. After about an hour we met our first Avon lock at Strensham. The approach was a little odd with a swing footbridge across the entrance. We also had to get used to the fast flowing weir currents and

Tewkesbury

We had arranged to pick up Teresa & Lindsay at Tewkesbury Marina at about 17:30.  As that should only have been about 6.5 hours cruising we had a late start and did a few jobs and washed one side of the boat before setting off at 10 o’clock. The weather was good and it we

Hampstall Inn

I spent most of yesterday afternoon installing a new calorifier. The previous repair had lasted about a month, but then it started leaking somewhere else so we decided it wasn’t worth trying to repair it again. I bought a new one from Surejust who were extremely helpful and patient with my many queries. The install

Wightwick Lock

The sun was shining and the sky was blue so we set off not long after 7 o’clock. Unfortunately that was the best weather of the day as it gradually got greyer and spotted with rain at times. As we came up through Gailey lock Heddi called out “I’ve got no power!” I could hear

Penkridge

Another fairly short day. Lots of boats about and the weather was reasonably good, grey but fairly warm and not wet. We stopped briefly in Tixall wide for a full English breakfast. We stopped for the night between the two locks at Penkridge. It was a bit busy there and with hindsight we would have