The locks have arrived

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Our mooring tonight is by bridge 50 north of Atherstone.

Today 4miles and 11 locks , total to date 80 miles and 15 locks

The photo below shows a larger version of Black Bess's colours! we saw it in Barry Hawkins yard which is located at the old Baddesley colliery wharf.

The photo on the right shows the old toll house at the British Waterways yard at Hartshill north of Nuneaton which we passed through yesterday. It is leased from BW by a banjo playing folk singer who pays a low rent but has to keep the inside of the grade 2 listed building in good order. The boats used to pass underneath the building to be measured for toll fees but has now been bricked in and forms a cellar for the house.

Tomorrow we head for Fazeley and Fradley junctions on our way to Great Haywood where we will join the Trent and Mersey canal which will take us to Stoke on Trent and the Caldon Canal.