We had a really good night last night and despite being moored directly below the Bridge Inn we were not disturbed once. In fact after enjoying some Thatchers Gold last night it was 9am before we surfaced.
The journey from Brewood (pronounced Brewed) was an absolute delight. We could see why people love this canal as in places the scenery is stunning.
Whilst boring in its straightness the cuttings though tree lined woods and lovely bridges make this a joy to travel through, and, whilst being on the four counties ring boat traffic is much more in evidence now the schools are breaking up for the summer.
One such bridge we have passed under by car countless times on the A5 to and from Crick and we always said we would love to traverse it by boat. Today our wish was granted as we crossed the Stretton Aqueduct. The bridge is one of many built by Brindley's workers but now we can say we travelled it the way it was meant to be travelled.
|Stretton Aqueduct as we have often seen it from the A5 by car|
|AmyJo "Floating over" as a boater put it to me today|
|New perspective of the aqueduct for us.|
|A boat following us at Cowley tunnel|
|More evidence of the cutting by navies to build the canal.|
Many cuttings like this adorn this stretch of the canal hereabouts.
|Our stop for lunch and much needed shade.|
|Duck! No dear its a helicopter|
|Norbury junction itself, sadly no more than an arm of moorings|
|Moorings off into the distance for at least a mile|
|Bridge 39 and its telegraph pole. Now one see how deep the cutting is.|
|The Anchor Inn. All it needs is that 19th century boatman to set the scene.|
|Our mooring seen from the Anchor Inn garden|
Average speed:1.74 mph (1.88 lock/mph)