First thing this morning we went for a walk around Stourport, down to the river which is in flood so the locks from the basin down to it are closed. The foot bridge where the young lad was killed 4 years ago still has a scaffolding hand rail and is inspected and signed of as being in good condition every couple of weeks, imagine what that has cost over 4 years, they could have made 2 proper ones by now for that cost. The design is rubbish with big scaffold clamps just at ankle height on the inside of the walkway.
Before we left we filled the water tank as we were moored close enough for the hose to reach. The longest period of sleep I had last night was just under 2 hours as I didn’t hear the clock strike 12 and I am not sure about 1 am. but I heard all the rest.
There is an old basin right beside the railway viaduct at Mitton, this is looking into it as we passed along the canal and to pull the boats from the basin they had a pulley wheel mounted on the towpath opposite the entrance, so the horse could walk along the towpath to pull the boat out. The canal runs under the railway arch and the basin is off to the right, the pulley is just near the bottom of the steps.
We stopped for a few minutes at Pratt’s Wharf, here there was a branch of the canal that went under the towpath bridge and down one lock to the River Stour to service the iron works at Wilden. No you cant get through there today but you can still see the remains of the lock walls.
The bottom gates were wide open on Caldwell lock so its as well they have anti vandal locks on the paddles. As Diana closed the gate behind me a Mink dropped into the water from behind the gate, he must have been sitting on some broken bricks up there and plopped down as soon as the gate swung. We carried on up through Kidderminster passing a boat moored on the offside that had had a stone through the window. Kidderminster also has anti vandal locks but only on the top gates which strike me as being a bit useless as anyone could open the top gate and then draw the bottom paddles.
We continued on up through Wolverley Court Lock before mooring for the night just above the lock.
You may remember on our way down I mentioned that two out of the three bridge supports had snapped off, well looking closer today, the third one isn’t doing anything as you can see daylight between it and the bridge deck.
5½ Miles 5 locks in 3 hours.