|Looking down the Stockton flight|
Our next stop was Leamington Spa where we had a pleasant stroll through the town where the planners have managed to update the shopping area whilst still keeping the towns Regency Heritage in all it's splendor.
|The Pump Room, Leamington Spa|
Our next challenge was the Hatton Flight (21 Locks).
Hard work but we managed to share the load by alternating driving & manning the locks.
We also had a little help from the Rogers family who were just out for some 'Gongoozling', but the boys were willing to help with a lock.
Shrewley Tunnel, built in 1799 is built below the village and has a separate tunnel for the towpath. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrewley_Tunnel
|link to Stratford canal|
Just after the bridge to the Link to the Stratford Canal we picked up a couple of Hitchhikers who we rescued from a couple of angry swans who were nursing their cygnets on the towpath and wouldn't let anyone pass.
|Sue & David from Birmingham|
We met up with friends Richard & Yo at Knowle, who's garden backs onto the canal. We had a lovely evening with them, then Richard joined us in the morning for bacon sarnies
before helping us up the Knowle flight. We then had a short journey to Catherine de Barnes, which we were recommended was the last safe mooring place before setting off around Birmingham.
Early next morning, 7am! we set off through a deep cutting, lined with trees and surrounded by all sorts of rubbish. GRIM! There was even a sunken boat no one had bothered to remove or even mark as a hazard. It was very shallow & we scraped the bottom a few times. Other parts were very industrial,
we even went under Spaghetti Junction. The only bright spot all day was that Tony saw a couple of Kingfishers. To quick for photos unfortunately.
Takes us up to 2nd July.