We were away at 10 o’clock today, a fairly long day ahead but the forecast was OK, sunny periods, with a chance of showers later. Well, they were right about that!
Ready to go this morning, looking across the fields in the sunshine
Sunlight filtering through the trees in Rye Hill Cutting
The towpath switches to the left over Bridge 26, a classic turnover bridge which allowed the towrope to stay connected between horse and boat.
Turnover Bridge 26
These on the Shroppie are not as elegant as the snake bridges on the Macclesfield Canal. More functional…
It crosses the canal on a slant, and the brick courses under the arch are angled to follow the skew.
We pulled over for shopping in Wheaton Aston, the mooring maintaining it’s reputation for being among the boggiest on the network.
Wheaton Aston 48 hour visitor moorings
After lunch we set off again up the last lock on the Shroppie. (Last but one if you count the 3 inch rise on the stop lock at Autherley Junction).
Up Wheaton Aston Lock
The day was still bright at this point, but as we left the village the wind got up and ominous clouds started to build behind us.
Just across Stretton Aqueduct, the storm approaching.
Looking a bit troubling as we approach Brewood….
…rumbles of thunder and some impressive lightening chased us until suddenly…
Extremely painful hail!
It lasted for maybe 10 minutes, then turned to lighter rain.
Mags thought I might pull in on the Brewood moorings but they were pretty muddy too, and I was wet already so decided to push on to moor between Bridges 8 and 7 as planned.
Looking back at Brewood church
The rain has stopped now, in fact it stopped pretty well as soon as we did. Typical. We’ll take a day off cruising tomorrow, I reckon.
Locks 1, miles 9.