At last we now feel that we are on the journey proper. We set out from Kinver about two weeks ago, but it just felt like moving the boat to Cropredy, not like we were on the summer trip itself. We arrived in Cropredy around 11:45, brought the boat down to near the lock, so
Queues, queues and more queues! Last night’s sunset. We started off at just before 7:30. It was a bit chilly but very pleasant climbing the Napton flight. We haven’t been this way for 11 years. The top pound below Marston Doles was almost empty, with only just enough water to bump along the bottom. Water buffalo
Now moored up on the Grand Union at Black Buoy Cruising Club( www.blackbuoy.org.uk). The very friendly folk here have agreed to look after JH for us for a week. We heard this morning that our mooring at Cropredy won’t now be available until August 31st. So we have had to change our plans a little.
Hot day today! though it didnt start out that way. We woke early so decided to get going and were on our way by 7:00. It was grey and overcast. A pleasant cruise round to Windmill end and then through Netherton tunnel. We chose to take the Old Main Line route into Birmingham rather than