After a good walk this morning with the dogs we set off around 12:30.
A bit up the canal we passed under the ornate Avenue Bridge, carrying the carriage road from Coven to Chillington Hall, the ancestral home of the Giffards. The avenue itself has long gone, overgrown with new trees and ground cover. Apart from the last mile or so, towards the Hall. Carol posted a pic of this last bit this morning.
Through the village of Brewood, past the lines of moored boats at Countrywide Cruisers base and we spotted that rare beast, another moving boat! This was NB Poppy, and we were hailed as we passed – “Sue and Vic are waiting for you!”
Out of Brewood cutting the canal is carried on an embankment towards Stretton Aqueduct.
The cast iron aqueduct takes the canal over the A5. It’s less than 3 miles down the road back to Gailey, where we set off from yesterday morning. But narrowboats don’t run so well on tarmac….
It’s been there every time we’ve come past, maybe it’s time they finished it!
We arrived in Wheaton Aston after just under 2 hours of gentle cruising, in gentle rain.
Sue and Vic were moored near the bridge, and Vic was looking out of the window as we passed.
Sue was out with the dogs when we arrived, but got back shortly afterwards. Hugs all round, even the canines!
The towpath is very muddy in the village, so we’ll not be stopping longer than one night. Looks like we’ll have a four boat convoy tomorrow.
Locks 1, miles 5