The beauty of traveling later in the day is that we were pretty sure no other boats would be coming through in the opposite direction. Within 40 minutes we had found a great rural mooring and managed to tie up before the heavens opened again. After the rain came the sun and a lovely evening it turned out to be.
|Our mooring last night just before Hopwood|
The Worcester and Birmingham canal had a lovely rural feel, so much so that the towpath disappeared completely and was replaced by the trees and undergrowth. Good job we didn't meet another boat because no doubt our paintwork would have had some impressive scratches along it.
|Shortwood Tunnel and the distance Ian had to dash to.the entrance.|
We moored up at Tardibigge Top lock but having to hammer in pins in soft earth right by the lock was a bit worrying so I walked down past the first lock to find a great mooring with rings after bridge 56. So pulled pins again, came down the lock which, incidentally, is extremely deep and moored in another lovely quite spot.. Got the rod out but with no live bait, fished on bread instead. This gave me an impressive bag of bream so might use it more often. While siting quietly fishing, along came two adult swallows collecting insects for their young. I managed to get some great photos.
I also heard a rustling in the undergrowth opposite. Can you guess what it is?
A couple of signs seen on route that might make you sit up and say WHAT!!!!!
|Most pedestrians would find it difficult to walk at 5 mph! I'm sure children couldn't walk at that speed.|
|Not sure I have ever seen power lines inside a bridge ole.|
|The railway bridge with the sign.|
And finally our overnight mooring today.