Monday, August 21, 2006

Monday 21st August 2006
A night of heavy showers was followed by a miserable, drizzly morning. The quiet mooring we had chosen between Common and Bagnell Locks turned out to be busier than expected, we had the company of 4 other boats by 21:00!
Set off at about 09:15, with the weather steadily improving.
Between Alrewas and Wychnor there is a very pretty section where the river Trent joins the canal for a short period.
Went through Burton on Trent (resisted stopping to have a look around Marston’s Brewery, next time maybe) and finished the day at Willington. Good mooring, and good shopping.

Now the locks are getting further apart, we are able to make better time.
Between Dallow Lock in Burton and Willington there is a lock free section of 4½ miles!
They must have run out of bricks when they built Bridge 36!

But tomorrow we start on the broad locks of the Eastern end of the Trent and Mersey, which will probably slow us down. Luckily the gradient is far less steep now, so the locks are further apart, however some of them are pretty deep.

12¾ miles, 7 locks.

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