4.65 miles, no locks in 1hr 50mins.
Another short hop today. Approaching Shrewley tunnel and horse tunnel.
Now moored near St. John's Bridge No.55 above Hatton locks.
This afternoon we took a walk through Lapworth, starting from Bridge No.65 on the Grand Union Canal, up the road crossing over the North Stratford Canal near Kingswood junction and past The Boot Inn.
It looks like Lapworth are going to have a huge bonfire on the 5th.
The footpath alongside the road took a detour through this wooded route.
We joined the towpath of the North Stratford Canal at Bridge No.31.
More Autumnal colours, towpath side ferns this time.
We chatted to Keith and Lesley who live in this very pretty cottage alongside lock No.7 for well over an hour, they have lived there for 43 years.
The Canal Shop at lock No.14.
Kingswood junction on Stratford canals.
The link between the Stratford canals and the Grand Union.
3.4 miles & 5 locks in 2hrs 25mins.
Another short trip today. Two hire boats who came up the Knowle locks this morning had managed to drain one of the pounds on the Knowle flight of locks, but it did expose the remains of one of the old narrow locks, which is normally hidden.
Black Buoy Inn looks nice.
Now moored opposite the The Navigation, Lapworth.
We walked into Knowle, Stephen Goldsbrough Boatbuilders at Knowle Hall Wharf on the other side of the canal bridge.
The Knot Garden behind Chester House.
The Toby Carvery where we had lunch washed down with a pint each of Doombar.
On our way back we popped inside the church and looked around the graveyard.
We had a lovely roast dinner in The Boat Inn, Catherine de Barnes, we each started with a pint of Silhill Gold Star from the local Silhill Brewery, which is just the other side of the canal, and very nice it was too. Jo had the turkey and I had the pork, and to finish off Jo had the millionaire’s cheese cake and I had the ultimate sticky toffee pudding, which was the best one I have ever had, and I have had a few!
16.4 miles & 14 locks in 7hrs 40mins
An early start this morning in the fog, which soon cleared. New territory today for Hadar, Jo and I, turning into the Saltley branch at Salford junction under Spaghetti junction.
Garrison locks on the Saltley branch.
Turned south at Bordesley junction onto the Grand Union canal and up Camp Hill locks.
Sampson Road depot at the top of Camp Hill locks.
Moored at Catherine de Barnes for the weekend.
4hrs 30mins, 7.5miles, 11 locks
Set off this morning and at Fazeley junction turned to head up the Birmingham & Fazeley canal towards Birmingham.
We had two volunteer lock keepers help at some of the Curdworth locks.
Moored outside the Cuttle Bridge Inn at Wiggins Hill Bridge, near Curdworth.