Monday 8th July 2013
Posted 10th July. Oh for a decent connection!
Set off before 8.30 today to try and avoid the blistering heat. We cruised the mile and a half to Fradley Junction with a cool breeze tempering the heat, and were able to go straight in to the third lock of the flight, as a boat was just coming out. We pulled in at the service area to empty a cassette, get rid of rubbish and take on water – it is very nicely kept and there was this lovely old BW van on display;
And here is the info which was pasted on the driver’s window for those who are interested;
We continued on down to Alrewas, passing this rather splendid artwork under the first bridge;
You can see the Olympic rings, so clearly this was done last year – spot the Mobot in this one!
We had a stroll round this most attractive village before going up to the highly recommended butcher and the Co-op, and then went down the first lock to a better mooring for lunch. We went on in the afternoon towards Burton. The river section beyond Alrewas was quiet; here is a photo of part of the towpath which is raised high above the current water levels.
The weir was not scary at all;
We were glad to get past the long stretch near Barton Turns which runs alongside the A38 – the noise was almost like a physical battering in the heat. We moored by 4 pm at Branston Water Park, and went for a shady walk round the lake before wandering down to the pub for a pint and a meal.
9 locks today.