“Farther On and Farther Up.” All the locks are in the up direction now but at least they be narrow ones until we get to Braunston. After Viv’s birthday celebrations we moved off from Alrewas on the Monday morning – five locks to do and a corner turned into the Coventry canal. Down to Kings Orchard to moor for one night.
Fradley Junction – lots of volunteers to help here
Been here many times before – The Swan pub on the right but we turn left, into the Coventry canal.
A few hours later and we stop near Kings Orchard marina and near to the Plough at Huddlesford
Next day – off again, thru Fazeley junction, turn right here for the Birmingham & Fazeley canal and Brum. We fork left and stop pretty soon, near the Tame aqueduct and a safer place (than Glascote) for visiting Tamworth.
Fazeley junction and our herb box!
This is the view from our cratch – not much, thanks to the tomato plants taking over – be glad when they’re all done.
Kingfisher & robin pix – looking a little faded now.
Nearly there . . . longish day for us . . .
Viv went off with her trolley – to visit M&S, spend her 20% discount (birthday discount!) & 10% off food too. Bit of a trek but worth it. Next day – off again, tad windy but Viv steers over the Tame aqueduct. Something surreal about water being carried over water.
An alpaca farm near? Dunno.
Nearing our final destination today – Atherstone, we espy Titanic II
Final spot – inbetween locks 9 & 10. A nice, quiet rural spot. Bit of a trek into town but better than being close to the railway & the A5.
Viv took this splendid sunset photo – Steve’s immaculate waxing of the boat gives a good reflection.
And another arty photo – the lonesome tree
Looking down at lock 9
A long shot looking back to our boat – just to show how rural we are! And then zoomed in:
Just up from the “bottomless bridge”
Chris had sent us some money for Viv’s birthday, so we made the trek into town and found the Red Lion hotel – they allow dogs in to the courtyard and have excellent food & more than that, Goat’s Milk – a Church End beer (a CAMRA winner).
We’ve been here before and can heartily recommend it.
Meanwhile here’s one of those signs that really tell you where places are