Sunday, 31 July 2011

The Droitwich, part two.

Above lock two there is a plentiful supply of duckweed,

although it doesn't go on for long because,

once under the main road you find that

the duckweed has been replaced by reeds,

even the bridges are hiding in them. Although it is called a barge canal I wouldn't recommend it for wide beam boats, they would have trouble getting through the reeds, let alone passing anything coming the opposite way. this does not stop this being a lovely stretch of rural canal, we were well taken with it.

The wildlife has it well colonised, we saw plenty of dragonflies, small brown birds in the reed beds and numerous anglers hunched over their rods, these are not an endangered species.

At Salwarpe there is a surprisingly sharp left turn and then what must be the highest road bridge on this cut, if you are gawping at the local church,

as I was, it can catch you out, nearly didn't make it.
As you approach Droitwich there are two railway bridges close together,

the second of which is more of a pipe than a bridge,

the offside continues to curve below the water so your best bet is to stay tight to the towpath or else you will be scraping along the bottom.

The mooring basin at Droitwich is spacious, pleasant and secure, B.W. key required for access. It was also half empty of boats, with all the hype I thought it would be packed.
We tied up to one of the jetties and the boys insisted, once again, on a spot of the piscatorial art,

there are some nice roach in the basin.
After dinner we had a few hands of Happy Families and they were packed off to bed, determined to explore the town the next day.

Watch this space...............

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