We set off just before noon through quiet countryside with a little drizzle now and again to keep our rain coats on. The quietness is shattered as we cruise under the M42 but it soon fades as we pass Hockley Heath to the left and enter Warwickshire the second of the two lift bridges we encountered was a struggle for Sue to wind up but she stuck to the task and FL got through.
We had a volunteer lock keeper to help us through the first lock, then we were on our own for the next 20. We got into our usual routine of gate opening and lock wheeling between us, made easier when descending a flight of locks and progressed steadily. A little bit of consternation at one lock when we came across a crew of 4 enjoying lunch at the lock landing. We passed them, Sue opened the lock and in we went which was OK with the male members of crew but a female member got a little shirty with us....smile and wish them a Bonn voyage is our usual tact in these sort of encounters.
We were both flagging by the time we reached the last lock after which we make a tight left then right turn onto the Grand Union canal, we moored at 17:00 at Turners Green Bridge on the Tom of the Wood moorings, there is a pub of the same name nearby...result, we deserve a drink.
|The bridges on the Stratford were all built for broad boats but the locks can only take a narrow boats|
|This arm at Hockley Heath once served a coal wharf.|
|Some of the locks have pretty iron bridges.|
|The iron bridges didn't meet in the middle to allow a tow rope through the gap.|
|Grand Union Canal another route into Birmingham, we turn left .|