Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Stewponey Lock Wednesday 31 July 2019

Day : Wednesday
Date : 31 July 2019
Start : 0852
Finish : 1635 Stewponey Lock

The forecast for today was much better, but we only saw the sun for about 5 minutes all day, and that was this afternoon. Last night we had nice meals in The Mermaid, a Vintage Inn pub that is very close to the canal, very friendly service and the best Doom Bar I have had for a while.

We set off a little before 9am and met several boats, I guess hardly anyone moved yesterday. Ebstree Lock bridge has some interesting rope cuts in the brickwork, like a set of jagged teeth.DSCF1911

Last time we passed through Awbridge Lock the tale bridge still had a scaffolding hand rail dating back to the incident in Stourport where a lad was drowned, If they had to fit a rail this is quite good.DSCF1913

We were soon at Bratch Locks where a Volockie was on duty, they use to have a CRT employee doing this and as it means managing boaters then maybe it should be someone with that authority. DSCF1917

I probably posted this photo last time we came this way, I just like the look of this sloping bridge over the tail of Bumblehole lock.DSCF1918

Our original plan was to stop at Greensforge visitor moorings by the Navigation pub, but as the weather was the best it has been all day we carried on to Stewponey Lock where tonight we will be doing a crew change

Today's Journeymap 07

12 Miles 14 Locks in 6 hours

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