7.75 miles, 6 locks, 1 tunnel
Yet more wall to wall sunshine - we could get used to this, but some overnight rain would be appreciated to keep canal water levels topped up!
Monty and I walked ahead this morning first past this house with a fabulous mooring - I do hope they use it,
but most of the time it was just us and the birds
No trains on Falling Sands Viaduct, so no need to upset a fisherman as we did three years ago - See here - scroll down to the 14th August 2016
It was all very quiet when we arrived at Caldwell lock, but a boat arrived to come up after us just as we were leaving. I shut the gate, which then started to swing, so I turned back to close it again. The man at the other end just started to wind paddles up at great speed without even looking in my direction to check all was well. The result - the gate was wrenched out of my hands and slammed shut.
There was a boat moored ahead of us doing much the same. They took off just as the boat behind us came past.
There is a magnificent view of Kidderminster church from this lock - from this picture you would never believe there is a major road right behind me!
Another boat (Slow Progress) came up behind us and the lady came to lend a hand as the boat ahead (with 'Speedy Gonzales' at the previous lock) went through. I am glad to say we were both as shocked as each other at the way he slammed the paddles down. A man in a real hurry sad to say. We have now passed them and hope we stay that way!
Just past Wolverley Forge Bridge there is green tarpaulin holding the bank in check, but this is not the site of the serious land slip.
Carry on passed this wonderful house and boat
and you cannot miss it!
Quite naturally as we approached a boat came from the opposite direction! Thankfully they retreated and waited whilst we struggled through.
Pass slowly is the information posted on signs - well it was so shallow we had to fight our way lurching across the bottom. There was no chance of going by in idle or we would still have been there now.
We made it, but as you can see this looks far from stable and I am glad we are safely passed.
The mooring restrictions apply until after Deepdale Lock. The bridge at the end with the double gates is not easily accessible. My knee will not allow me to step across, so what to do? Well there were two young lads on the other side examining a dead hedgehog (they wanted to touch it, but I said best not to and they obeyed), so I asked if they were in a hurry and if not would they like to first open and then close the gate that side. They jumped at the chance, executed their duty with aplomb and when Chris arrived in the lock one of the lads was on the phone to a mate excitedly telling him that they had helped a lady with a lock! Just to add to the perfection of the day we were entertained at this lock by the sound of church bells.
We finally moored almost in the middle of nowhere. It is a 48 hour mooring provided by the S&W Canal Society and there is one other boat present.
The view across the cut from the side hatch is not far reaching, but it very peaceful with a couple of geese
I thought she might be on a nest, but no as they both wandered off
The only sounds are the birds singing in the trees, the lambs bleating across the cut, the occasional boat and the odd cyclist. Perfect. I hope you have all enjoyed a very Happy Easter Day. Having come this far today, tomorrow might well be a very short one for us. We shall see.