Great Haywood

A day of mostly queueing at locks. Very pleasant day though, we spent quite a bit of time chatting to other boaters. As usual we set off about half past seven. We caught up with a very slow boat at the Meaford Locks. They kindly let us go ahead of them on the way into Stone. I was surprised at Meaford, the last time we came this way (2004 I think) the locks were out in the country, now they are surrounded by houses!
The queue started to build up in Stone and continued at each lock through to Hoo Mill. We got to know our fellow queuers quite well!
It was only ten past three when we moored up just above Haywood lock.
The weather started off grey and a bit cool, but warmed up to mid twenties by the afternoon. After a short break we set off on a 6 mile walk through the Shugborough estate, the edge of Cannock Chase, and back along the Staffs & Worcs past Tixall wide, returning to the junction.

Yesterday’s challenge: to fit a new rear fender replacing the one with a saggy bottom

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