Saturday, 17 September 2016

Brewood Park Farm Saturday 17 September

Last nights mooring was secure but it certainly wasn’t peaceful with the sound of the city and boy racers on the ring road. As I said our mooring was very secure with only water access to it.DSCN1480

We picked just the wrong time to leave, the Wolverhampton flight of 21 locks start just 5 minutes from where we moored and as we arrived at the top lock a hire boat was just going out the bottom so we followed them all the way. We did meet some boats coming up, but it didn’t help much as we ended up waiting for them to come into the lock ahead each time, so it took us about 2¾ hours to do the flight. Last time I was this way I asked for information on this strange piece of brickwork at lock 17 and was told it was the remains of an old accommodation bridge, now replaced with the metal footbridge.DSCF5954 Lock number one, the bottom lock has the paddles turned through 90° for some reason.DSCF5956 Every paddle on this flight is fitted with an anti vandal lock to prevent unauthorised opening of the paddles and draining/flooding the flight, it has happened in the past. Every single one of the 84 locks worked well, a most unusual result.

At the bottom of the flight is Aldersley Junction, the junction with the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. here we turned sharpDSCF5957 right for about ½ mile before turning sharp left at Autherley Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal. Just through the junction is a stop lock that drops the canal level by about 4” , again like most other stop locks this is to prevent water loss from one company to their neighbour. Diana nipped into the local boat hire base  shop and bought a new Anti vandal key as hers is getting worn.

A short way along the canal we passed under the new number 4 bridge, the remains of the old on are about 100 feet away and of course they are not in line. I bet that can be fun for a full length boat.DSCF5961

A little further on we pass under the M5 Motorway again, but unlike the day before yesterday this time it is a right angles with the canal.DSCF5962

We carried on for about another mile before mooring for the night at the 48 hr moorings at Brewood Park farm. The reason for using the visitor moorings is that on this canal the edges sloop, in lots of place you are aground and still 18” from the bank, here there are mooring rings and a reasonable depth of water right to the edge.

Today’s Journey  map 535½ miles, 22 locks, 2 junctions, 3 canals in 4¾ hours

1 comment:

Nick said...

I think the reason the bottom lock at Wolverhampton has different paddles is that there were originally only 20 locks with a very deep bottom one. I think it's actually the next-to-the-bottom one that is the new one, but obviously the bottom one would have needed changing.

That's the M54 at the bottom of the Shroppie by the way, not the M5.