First off was the last of the stone locks no.93 Opposite, across the road, is this monument to the town in bloom made from a stern of a butty.
The lock is alongside the Star Pub. We had a lovely meal in there last night and good value for money it was too.
|Star pub does not look much but the food was good.|
Leaving Stone the canal passes into rural countryside again. Nothing of note along the way. At Aston Lock a 30 minute run from Stone we joined the now usual queue for the locks with two boats ahead of us. At this lock nothing was coming up so each crew had to turn the lock in their favour.
|Waiting at Aston Lock with two other boats behind us.|
|As we leave the lock boats started to arrive to ascend.|
|The entrance to Aston Marina. It has two, one to enter, and one to exit|
|This place looked beautiful. The photo does not do it justice|
After Weston Lock one is cruising seemingly in the middle of nowhere with just farm land around you. Its a good way to the next lock, Hoo Mill Lock, just after some interesting long term moorings.
At this mooring these rather large cuddly animals stood guard over the jetty, the white bear reminds me of the one in the Birdseye adverts.
|Someone clearly likes their cuddlies in a big way.|
At this one they are clearly fed up with speeders going past the mooring. The speed camera sign was obvious but no sign of the camera.
|Clearly asking one to slow down in a slightly different way.|
|Hot tub anyone?.|
|I wonder how long that took to paint.|
After the lock is our sister marina to Tattenhall marina, Great Haywood Marina. We did not need fuel or pump out so pressed on to the junction.
|Great Haywood marina|
|10 foot long Thor.|
|Great Haywood Junction, we turned right here.|
|Anglo welsh boatyard is just on the right after the junction but this time only one boat was left here.|
Sure enough when we got there many boats were moored up. At the wide several boats were moored with big gaps between. We asked one boat with 40 foot behind, politely, if he would be good enough to move forward to make room and he begrudgingly offered as, "I'd ruined his fishing away", if we could not get into the gap ahead of him. Behind was a 40foot gap with two fishermen who were adamant they would not allow us to moor there when Chris asked if we could take the space as we passed. Luck was with us though and we just manage to squeeze (literally) into a gap head of the aforementioned boat. The Armco was not good here but with plenty of fenders it was OK. Had we not have fitted I would have had no choice but to upset the fishermen and bring AmyJo onto the mooring where they were fishing.
I may be speaking out of line here but to me the moorings are just that, moorings for boats. If you want to fish unhindered go fish on a lake not a canal and please, definitely do not fish on busy moorings and not expect a boat to want to moor where you fish. Finding a mooring for a 67ft boat is bad enough now its peak season but fish on a much needed mooring is a no go as far as I'm concerned, sorry if that upsets anyone but..... rant over.
|Moored at Tixall wide|