A good choice of mooring last night, the land rises between where we moored and the motorway so is much quieter than down by The Dog and Doublet where you can see the cars going along the M6. The first boat went past at 8 30am so don’t know what time they left the top of Curdworth locks. A second boat came by shortly before we were ready to leave, well their lock wheeler did, setting well ahead, as a boat coming up arrived at the lock before the one locking down was through and had to wait. We left it for a bit before setting off, but didn’t meet any boats so the locks were against us again. It looked like a car boot sale was taking place a few fields away.
We plodded on passing a couple of boats still moored up that we had seen earlier in the week. We passed another brick hut beside lock 5, this one has both roof and chimney abut is free standing. until a few years ago there was one by lock 4 but it has slowly disappeared. There is a water point a little further down on the offside just above the long term moorings, but for some reason passing boaters are not allowed to dispose for their rubbish there and the bins are only for the long term moorers which seems strange, as there is a nice compound and loads of access room for skip lorries.
At lock 10 we were watched by 2 gents and their children, one of them had an interesting mode of transport for himself and the kids. A three wheel trike with a box on the front. At the bottom lock Diana had problems opening the gate, she had the same problem when we came up and the same householder helped her with it. even better he closed up for us and dropped the offside paddle, well there is only one working still. We carried on down to Fazeley Mill Marina were we topped up with diesel before heading to the junction to moor for the night.
Todays Journey 5 miles, 4 locks in 3 hours.Map courtesy of Waterway Routes https://www.waterwayroutes.co.uk/