Day : Tuesday
Date : 3 December 2019
Start : 1010 hrs
Finish : 1400 Gt. Haywood.
What a glorious day we woke to, we didn't even need coats on. Rounding the bend approaching the village we found a dam build along the offside protecting a hole in the ground.
There is also a large concrete pad laid below ground level with concrete steps leading down to it, with lots of pipes laying about and earth moving equipment.
We only saw three boats on the move and not that many moored even in Rugeley. The shed in Rugeley is still standing which is surprising, its slowly twisting and leaning, a little more each time we pass. At the far end of Rugeley there is a sharp bend in the canal before it crosses the Trent, This spot is famous for the Bloody Steps and the death of Christine Collins supposedly murdered by a boat crew. A program on BBC recently shows that the verdict of murder was an unsafe discussion and that she may not have been killed at all. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000bq1r
Colwich Railway Bridge is still scaffolded out and the work ongoing with all the signs, I liked the one telling boaters to keep to #the middle of the channel, there is nowhere else to go. There were no boats moored in the section up to the Horse Bridge and only two before Gt. Haywood lock. Just above the lock CRT are piling the offside bank on what use to be the garden of the Cafe, having had to have cleared the prop today I wouldn't want to be working in the water even with a dry suit on. We went as far as the junction where we winded and then came back to almost opposite where CRT were working to moor for the night.
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