|Nice patio area right by the waters edge|
|The Mat House hotel and lovely gardens|
|Lovely wild blossoms abound along this stretch|
|Could almost be out of the series the Prisoner. |
These mobile homes are immaculately kept.
At Teddesley Boat Company's wharf we spotted this lovely boat. Am I correct in thinking this would have been a canal owners inspection launch in its day? Either way it was in beautiful condition.
|Would this have been a canal owners inspection launch at some point |
or was it the canal's version of Ariva buses?
|The imposing M6 bridge seems so out of place|
with the views we have seen today
|At this lock a separate bridge 'ole for the horse was available|
|We just knew we would meet them one day :-)|
|Most of the locks here seem to be incorporated into bridges like this one|
After ascending 4 more locks we arrived at Gailey lock and its much photographed round house. Like previous locks Gailey lock is also part of a bridge but this one is slightly different. To take the extra width of the expanding A5 passing above it a new wider bridge was built right over the top of the existing bridge. All that remains is the arch of the old bridge that now seems to support the new one on its back.
|Waiting for a boat to exit Gailey lock under the A5 bridge|
|Round house seen from within the lock|
|And the view of it we are used to seeing by car|
|Chris gets her wish to visit the gift shop|
When we travelled down to Crick we always stopped off at the Spread Eagle pub on the A5 at Gailey for a meal and one of their whopping great deserts you can take away. As we were only a mile away we decided to walk there for a meal. They are good value for Money with a good carvery or menu selection. Needless to say the fridge on board is the proud recipient of two portions of this
|Carrot cake and cream, to die for! |
So big it barely fits the dish
Over the years farm tractors have evolved and become much more powerful and much faster. In the fact young farmers in Staffordshire have found these goliaths great for street drag racing recently. On Sundays one can see many tractor racers ploughing up and down the highways. So much so that Stafford police have had to revise their policing tactics and introduced new weapon to help fight tractor racing. Meet the latest field unit...
|Comes complete with blue light and siren|
|Our mooring for tonight|
|Our route today|
Average speed:1.19 mph (2.99 lock/mph)