A lovely peaceful night last night and of course a few boats on the move before we set off. The weather was bright sun and no wind, it felt good as we approached Tixall Lock and met the first boat of the day, it was the first of many.
The outstanding feature of the day was the fishing match, it started at Walton Bridge No 104 and ended half way between Stafford Boat Club and Radford Bridge 98 in about 5 sections, we were told there were 75 Anglers taking part, we managed to meet 4 boats in the 5 sections. I was told that some of the anglers were not happy with all the boat movements, they probably had 25 to 30 boats through. Early on we passed this boat, not sure what the thing on the top
of the mast is but on the bows he had a duck house with more housing on the towpath. There was a fine collection of white ducks swimming around and using his duck ramp.
I am not sure how the Royal Family would view their use as passengers in this train.
When we passed here a few years ago the trees had what could loosely be called “a good hair cut” I didn’t expect them to survive but they are now flushing again.
We stopped for a short time to see how they are getting on with the Stafford River Link
They wouldn’t need to drop boats far today for them to reach the river.
We carried on heading for Penkridge for the night, on the way we passed Midland Chandlers canal side outlet, which unfortunately now closed down.
I think its the only branch they have closed, lets hope it not the start of more closures. We stopped for water just above Penkridge Lock before doing just one more lock and mooring for the night.
PS. There are 25 Mallards floating around outside the boat at the moment.
11 miles, 7 locks in 5.5 hours.
Map courtesy of Waterway Routes https://www.waterwayroutes.co.uk/