It was going to be a late start today due to the rain so we did not surface until 9am. We um'd and Ar'd whether it was worth going but as the schedule was back on track we (that's the royal we) decided to push on, after all its only water.
We said our thanks and goodbyes at the marina office and pulled out of the berth. I worked out I could close the back doors and slide the hatch open and shut to access the throttle so we slowly edged out of the tight entrance and turned back towards the junction.
|And we thought Crick Marina was tight|
|Even Chris stayed inside bless her, on call if needed.|
We made the turn to the right at Great Haywood junction and continued on in the rain. A mile or so on the canal opens up into what is known as the Tixal wide. It looks as though you can turn the boat in one go but the waters here are deceiving and very shallow on the opposite side to the tow path.
If you have ever looked in the "recent builds" album of Fernwood boats photo album on their website, one boat featured is NB Riverside Escape owned by Denise and Steve. As we entered the wide there she was moored up.
|Rverside Escape captured by the time lapse camera|
From here on the Staff and Worcester canal we're now on varies greatly in width through the countryside towards Penkridge, one minute wide, the next reeds make the canal wide enough for only one boat to get through. We came across a couple of sunken boats. This one looks like several boats had hit it and the other only the stern quarter was visible. I just managed to avoid that one at the last minute there was so little to see.
|Sorry sight and also how much is submerged in ones path.|
We gave this one as wide a berth as we could
|One of the many narrow sections|
|A carved Owl stands century as we approach Stafford Boat Club|
|Beautifully manicured and maintained Staffs Boat club.|
So neat, white trousers and blue jacket could well be the dress code.
|Our mooring for tonight, out in the countryside|
|View behind us and the rain we just had.|
|The view out of the day room side door this evening.|
|Our route today|
Average speed:2.02 mph (2.64 lock/mph)
Tixall Wide is actually pretty deep all the way across. You can do doughnuts there, if you want, or a figure of eight!
Oh looked like it was shallow. Which I'd known, I'd love to have tried doing a doughnut in AmyJo that would be something :-)
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