Debdale Lock

Just here for a few days to prepare the boat for the winter. We have arranged to see Andrew & Sheila in Stourport tomorrow, so we set off partway today. C&RT are supposed to be resurfacing the track from The Vine to our mooring car park this week, so we had to leave the car

Back in Kinver

After 30 days, 200 locks, 231 miles of canals and 216 miles of rivers we are back where we started. We were slightly delayed as only 2 miles and two locks from home we encountered a queue of about 10 boats. A tree had fallen across the canal yesterday, but the C&RT workmen only turned

Compton

Back on home waters of the Staffs & Worcs. After two days of early starts we had a lie in this morning and a leisurely breakfast at about 9:00. Then at 10:00 we went to the Black Country Living Museum. This is a large site of reconstructed buildings depicting life in the Black Country from

Handsacre

A really great day today. Only four locks, but got our exercise by going for a 5+ mile walk through Cannock Chase and then back via the Shugborough Hall estate. The footpath goes right through the estate, so we didn’t have to pay (though we couldn’t go round the house itself !). Then back across

Acton Trussel

A misty start, and rather chilly at first, but it soon warmed up and we had a great day. Busy with boats, meeting somebody at most locks. Whilst queueing at Gailey lock we bought a new tiller pin from the boat following us.

Compton

We are on our way up to York! This a big adventure for us, we have mostly stuck to the Midlands narrow canals in the past. We need to arrive in York before 15th Sept. as we are attending a friend’s wedding. We think the journey will take about 12 days, so we set off

Maintenance

We have spent the last two days doing various assorted maintenance jobs. Saturday was painting day. We touched up the side below the gunnels where there were  chips caused by workmen with strimmers flicking up stones. The front well deck also got a new coat of paint and also the locker at the back where

Wolverley Court Lock

A bit of a lie in this morning, we didnt leave Worcester until just before 9 o’clock. A fairly pleasant trip up the river. We shared all the locks with a Alvechurch hire boat. The family on board normally live in Thailand and were on holiday to show the children some of the British countryside.

Worcester

We left Tytherington in three cars at 7:45. Heddi and I in one each and Jan & Mike in theirs. In the little car park near Splatt bridge we moved various stuff from one car to another and then all piled into my car. Leaving the other two cars behind we headed up to Kinver.

Kinver

The weather this morning is a complete contrast to yesterday. The sky is mainly clear and the sun is out. A slow chug back to our home mooring. When we arrived there were two boats in our space. Some workmen were installing new pilings below Hyde Lock by the by-wash outflow. They had moved Tony’s