Perhaps, just perhaps, our favourite stop is the town of Stone. Decent, quiet and all so convenient moorings. Convenient for shops, water, refuse, pubs, shops, pubs . . . Chance for a good stop. A few days of rest and recuperation and beer. And a new shop – a mirage perhaps? No, it’s a real M&S foodhall, right by the canal. Yes, we’ll stop here for a bit of R&R.

You get a lot of wildlife on the canal
A view of the bar in the Plume – a good range of beers
And then, the open road . . . .
Meadowsweet . . used… to flavour mead and to strew on the floors, plus the first herb to give us aspirin, used to treat fevers . . and a lot more see
Going down the Measham locks
Some very sweet locks . . . Toby’s happy
Going down . . .
And welcome to Stone . . . the birthplace of the Trent & Mersey canal
the final locks down to Stone
Best moorings are past all the locks and then some . . .
And another welcome to Stone – the usual CRT overflowing waste bins
Ah, many a pound spent here – that M&S foodhall, just past the last lock
Centre of town
Quite a few more closed down shops and the Co-op has gone . . .
A photo of the rush hour . . reminds us of why we’re on our boat! I haven’t driven a car for over 3 months! Viv & dog wait patiently . . . I thought we were going to the pub?
Ah, our target for today, the Royal Exchange, a Titanic brewery pub. Not perhaps the best icon for boaters and I had a pint of Iceberg beer!
A great welcome. A great variety of beer – very dog friendly pub.
And a good slogan too . . . .