Sunday, August 03, 2008

Hopwas to Colwick to Covern

Miles 19.1 Locks 13
We have now reached the top level of the Staffs and Worcs canal and are moored by the Anchor pub at Coven. We left Colwick early to avoid any queues that might come from the boats visiting last nights Proms concert at Shuggborough Hall. As we approached Haywood lock we passed F&C in Hakuna Matatta and I&E in Moonlight Shadow. The early start was rewarded with a good run up the Staffs and Worcs. Even more so when we got to Gailey and found diesel at 75 pence per litre. We also managed to get one of the press studs on our front cover replaced as we passed the mooring of the guy who made the cover two years ago. Photo at Deptmore Lock.

2 August 2008
Miles 20.1 Locks 5
We need to reach Middlewich by next Friday to pick up J who will be joining us for the last few days of our trip so we consulted Canal Plan and using the “Plan a Journey” section and inserting “6 hours per day” travel. It indicated that we had to get to Armitage from our overnight mooring at Hopwas. As it turned out we had a relatively quick passage through Fradley Junction and we thought that Tixal Wide could be reached with a couple of extra hours. We did not take into account of Colwick lock (Long Wait) or that there was to be a “Proms Concert” at Shuggborough with a Spitfire flypast and fireworks. We thought there would be no chance of a mooring at Tixal so we stopped at Colwick where we could still hear the concert and see the aerobatics and fireworks. Photo at the top of Glascote locks yesterday.

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