We got away at 09:30 this morning, so we could get here in the dry. Although windy it wasn’t too much of a problem, just the odd exposed stretch being “challenging”.
Acton Trussell was passed on the left hand side, an old village noted in The Doomsday Book but now lost under new housing. It’s handy for commuters either north or south, with the M6 only a short distance away.
Acton Trussell, 20c housing…...
….and 13c St James’ church.
Shutt Hill Lock appears after the village, the first of 4 for us today.
Shutt Hill Lock
Now crossing on the concrete bridge below the lock, the road from Acton Trussell to Penkridge originally went over just behind the lock chamber. The gate marks where the road ran, and you can see the tarmac behind it.
Park Gate Lock comes next, with Midland Chandlers in a handy spot alongside. The lock is so called for the lane running into Teddesley Park.
Setting up for a quiet morning’s fishing
Although maybe not. We were just going under the M6 bridge when I took the picture…. Maybe he’s
It was a bit breezy above Longford Lock….
but then got calmer as we entered Penkridge.
Up Penkridge lock and we pulled onto the services for the usual emptying and filling, then moored up on the 48 hour VM a little further on, with a sense of deja-vous.
Moored in Penkridge today.
Moored in Penkridge 29th November 2010.
Notice the difference? Of course. We’re using a shorter aerial mast…
For whom it may concern – Mags has made a ginger cake today. It smells yummy.
Locks 4, miles 4½