|Chris getting ready to cast off. You can see it was quite windy by her windswept looks.|
|One could be mistaken in thinking this gatehouse was actually Tixall Hall|
|These paddles look really old but still work perfectly|
|Wouldn't you just love to give this a go?|
|Not a good sign, thought cows laying down heralded bad weather?|
|The gardens of this house were extensive and well manicured. I reckon a well known TV gardener may live here|
After skirting around the villages of Baswich and Wildwood the railway leaves us alone but now the distant roar of the M6 was becoming heard. We passed the very well maintained Stafford boat club. The marina is spotless in every way. More like a posh yacht club than a marina, the clubhouse is a grand affair and, even the dry dock has double glazed UPVC windows and doors!
|The neat and tidy Stafford Boat Club marina.|
|This clubhouse must leave other clubs green with envy.|
|And how about that for a dry dock!|
|Distant church behind the sweetcorn field looks a bit crooked|
By now the roar of the M6 was close and sure enough we passed right under it. The bridge here is modern and at an angle to the canal though from below it looks "V" shaped.
|The M6 Bridge|
|The V shape is more apparent here|
|The locks here have large tunnels leading up from below and this one had short dumpy lock beams.|
|Boats moored in the winding hole with only a small gap for you to turn.|
On past Otherton Marina we went and up Otherton lock. Two more locks, Boggs Lock and Brick Kiln locks saw us at the bottom of Gailey lock. It looked so nice and sunny here we pulled into the moorings for the day. It had been a long run today and sadly we now must make haste back to Tattenhall as word back home in Essex is not good. I'm afraid a visit down there is now needed as soon as we can get back to our mooring.
|Moored below Gailey Lock|
|Chris with her new windproof hat.|