Saturday, 8 August 2020

Birchills Junction

After I posted my  blog yesterday Nb. Leaf came trundling down to the basin for the night, I did hear them leave this morning but I don’t know what time it was. Last night was the hottest so far this year and we had the slide open in the Back Cabin.

We left at our normal 10 am and made our way back to Catshill junction, A few years back a lot of money was spent erecting this metal name plate, its a pity they didn’t allow a few quid to cut the undergrowth back once a year so people could see it.

DSCF3904 We carried straight on along the Wyrley and Essington stopping off at Tesco to stock up on supplies before continuing on what is lovingly known as the curly whirly. We had to make three weed hatch stops which improved progress greatly. At times you really feel right out in the country side, DSCF3906but the town is never far away and in a lot of places the canal is the boundary between the two. The weed was not a major problem but it can look a bit DSCF3905intimidating, as you can see we have left a clear passage through the floating weed. At least some of the wild life put the floating rubbish to good use.DSCF3907

We carried on to Birchills Junction where I turned left towards the Walsall locks to find a mooring for the night, it was here that we met the only boat we have seen moving for 2 days, yes Nb Leaf coming DSCF3908straight towards us. I wonder if we will see them any more this week?

Today’s Journey 11 miles, no locks in 4.75 hoursmap 06Map courtesy of Waterway Routes https://www.waterwayroutes.co.uk/

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