At Fazeley Junction we join the Birmingham & Fazeley canal for 5 miles where it becomes the Coventry canal once again, a result of 17C canal rivalry and politics. As Tamworth fades behind we are cruising through dirt brown farmland and the remnants of harvested wheat and hay until we reach Hopwas where again the canal clings to a hill high above the Tame River. A military firing range is at Hopwas Hays wood to port, my canal guide describes it as a dangerous area, we wont be stopping.
We have moored above bridge 81 outside the village of Whittingdon, chairs are on the bank, Sue is fishing while we soak up the last rays from the yellow sky disc.
|Misty chilly start to the day|
|Aqueduct over the River Tame|
|One for Scotty to climb.|