Day : Sunday
Date : 1 December 2019
Start : 1100
Finish : 1540 Alrewas
Our reason for stopping at Whittington last night was to attend the Litchfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust's Christmas extravaganza, well fish and chip supper actually with some superb entertainment from a group called The Zouch Band, with a visual (Video produced by The Zouch Band)
display telling the story of coal mining over the years. As we walked to the village hall there were a few spots of rain and no sign of frost although it did just drop below freezing early this morning, but that had gone before we were about. Today has been much better with bright sunshine, never in out eyes thankfully and the temperature has been around 4°C.
Just passed Streethay Wharf CRT have made a big impression on the offside vegetation, The A38 was running slowly due to a lane closed so we got waves from lots of cars as we travelled along. We stopped for a short lunch break at Fradley Junction on the visitor moorings just before the water point, there were several spaces but still one boat was moored by the tap. Once on our way again it was through the swing bridge and hard right to Junction lock, stopping at the services to dispose of some rubbish.
Since we were last this way a new marina has started to form down by Common Lock on the offside, this will be known as Fradley Marina when it opens and consists of at least two mooring basins that will be accessed from below Common Lock.
Passing under the A513 where all the visitor moorings are winter moorings with only one boat in residence the view of Alrewas was somewhat different to last time we came with a new housing estate, likewise on the offside behind the willow wall above the lock. When we came through Junction Lock there was a caution notice warning about the river flows, so after dropping through the lock we winded and moored ready to go back up in the morning.
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