A wet and windy car journey heading west , as we approached the M6 the weather improved greatly but we had a short show before reaching the boat. Loaded up we were off at quarter to three in the sunshine. No sooner were we out of the marina and it started to rain which just got heavier until we dropped through Wood End Lock where we found a boat was ahead of us. Filling the lock was slow as the top ground paddle is wrapped in black polly.
Hard right at the junction and through the swing bridge which CRT have now decided doesn’t need locking closed.
There were plenty of moorings at Fradley but we continued on towards Fazeley. Some time back just before the Waterworks at Brookhay a hard standing was made in the field adjacent to the canal side road, today there is a small drilling rig standing there and the road is closed.
As the afternoon pushed on the weather continued to improve until we finally moored up at the boundary between the Coventry Canal and The Birmingham and Fazeley Canal a little after 6 pm.
8¼ miles, 3 locks, 1 junction, 1 swing bridge and 2 Canals in 3 hrs 20 min.