Thursday, 17 July 2014

444 miles 300 locks!

Setting off on 3rd July we were once again in open countryside, although accompanied by the constant drone of the M6 Toll road which runs adjacent to the canal as we negotiated the Curdworth Locks.  Now on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.

Curdworth Locks
Near to the entrance of Drayton Manor Park is the whimsical Drayton Footbridge, a gothic folly. A photo opportunity not to be missed.

Drayton Footbridge
Stairs wind up the tower to the bridge across the canal.

Soon after we joined the Trent & Mersey Canal at Fradeley Junction where they have these really cute little lock bridges.

 We were joined by friend Parker to help us to Barton Turns marina where he keeps his boat Alfran, sister boat to Aylmer out of the same boatyard in Liverpool.

Parker & Tony

Barton Turns Marina
All moored up.  Decided to spend the weekend here exploring the marina - pub, shops, restaurants and cinema, what luxury!

The red line on the map shows where we have been so far
After 444 miles, 10 different waterways and 300 locks we have left Aylmer in Parker's good hands while we catch the train home for my nieces wedding.

Up to 7th July 

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