We were away just before 11:00, straight into Dimmingsdale Lock.
Just around the corner is Ebstree Lock, near a large electrical substation. Although we appear to be in open countryside, we’re less than 4 miles from Wolverhampton city centre.
Above Awbridge Lock is the coalman John Jackson’s base of operations. His working narrowboat Roach was lying almost empty at the wharf.
(No Safety Elves in the 18C....)
Just less than a mile further on we pulled in on the moorings above The Bratch. After a welcome lunch of soup and rolls on Rock’n’Roll, we took the canines for a walk down the 3 locks that take the canal down the steep slope, to Bridge 45 and back again.
At the Round Oak pub, they’ve a new head chef.
Here’s something to put in the diary. Don’t forget, a week tomorrow at 19:00.
Locks 3, miles 1½