All along both sides of the canal here are moorings run by the Black Buoy Cruising Club. You might be forgiven for assuming that the club is named after the next pub along, The Black Boy.
A little further on we passed NB Poppy near Bridge 66,
And then NB Rock’n’Roll watering up just beyond
Approaching Kingswood Junction we met Julia from NB Poppy, out for a walk. She was interested in the effect of painting the deckhead, as I am in the process of doing, so hopped aboard for a look. They’re looking to do the same.
We pulled in through the link to use the services on the Stratford Canal, then, with the help of the wind, turned around and returned to the Grand Union.
The canal winds a lot more around picturesque Turner’s Green, just beyond the village, nestling below the canal, is another old farmhouse.
At maybe 20 feet high, I bet this is spectacular in wet weather!
We pulled over behind R’n’R shortly after the bridge, with fine views out over the valley.
I’d suggested to George and Carol that they find a pleasant spot for tonight. They certainly succeeded!
With such a lovely afternoon to be enjoyed it seemed a shame to spend time inside, so The Rockers and I took the hounds out for a long walk.
Down the towpath to Shrewley Tunnel, then back across the fields on footpaths and bridleways.
All in all we’ve had a belting day, one of those that reminds us why we do this and how lucky we are to be able to.
Locks 0, miles 5½