Thursday, 27 March 2014


We set of from our Stone mooring at 10am under grey skies up through the locks past Canal Cruising company where we had the welding work done last week, and past the winding 'ole which we turned around in with our visitors at the weekend, now we are cruising through new ground. The sun was peeking out from behind wooly clouds as we climbed out of the valley by way of the 4 Meaford  (pronounced Method by locals) locks.

Once past Meaford we pass the site of an old busy boatyard, no evidence of the boatyard exits other than the gate to the fabulous home that has been built on it's foot print. Beside this are a row of cottages that the boatyard workforce occupied, I wonder back in the day if they were as desirable as they are now.

Meaford top lock was leaking badly

Smart home with private moorings with lockgate garden feature

Impressive entrance gate to the house.

Cottages originally for boatyard workers

We have now moored just above bridge 103 at Barlaston and would you believe it theres a canal side pub The Plume of Feathers, we will have to pop in to say hello... it would be rude not to.


Elly and Mick said...

Great to see you're out cruising again. Isn't it just like escaping?!
Elly x

Andy said...

Yes, we have been a long while stationary(the boat not us). We are going to follow in your foot steps a bit as we are going to the Caldon first.