Thursday, 2 January 2014

The weather is better so we move on.

Yesterday was another foul day on Tixall Wide, can't remember a previous run of gales like the last few weeks. But today dawned bright and fair so we set off, aiming for Penkridge.

Once through Tixall Lock it's a fair run before the next lock. The trip is not without interest though.

The River Sow viewed from the aqueduct. From the amount of water in the meadows it has obviously been over it's banks recently. Just west of the aqueduct,

difficult to realise this sad wreck was once someone's pride and joy. It looks as if it has been there for a while.

Just beyond bridge 101 there are the remains of the junction where an arm went off, across an aqueduct and down a lock to connect with the Sow. It enabled boats to trade into Stafford. It closed in the 1920's and is yet another target for the restorers.

The lock keepers cottage at Deptmore is really looking splendid now. Pity no one is doing the same sort of restoration at Bourton Lock on the Oxford Canal.

We are still struggling with the debris from the gales. Every lock we went through had a fine collection of rubbish against the top gate.
We made it to Penkridge, moored just above Longford Lock, next to the school, with a lovely view of the M6. Looking at tomorrow's weather I think we will stay put.

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

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