Once replenished with diesel gas and water we resumed our journey. On route we passed through a few more deep cuttings, where the trees now in full leaf provided a green roof over the canal. We also decided to check out potential mooring spots which we could mark in our book for future reference. We found a nice rural location near the village of Church Eaton where we could get right into the bank. A mile or so further on we entered Cowley Tunnel, however at only 81 yards it is more of a long bridge.
We passed through the village of Gnosall, which is where we planned to stay had we not opted to spend a week at the Stafford Boat Club. We made the right choice. After Gnosall it was only two miles further to our planned stop. We traversed the Shelmore Embankment which runs for almost a mile. Heavily wooded on both sides it is a substantial feat of engineering, considering it was built without modern machinery. Telford, the famous canal engineer failed to see the completion of this canal due to repeated collapses of this embankment. At the northern end of the embankment we reached our destination of Norbury Junction and Wharf.
After lunch we took a short walk to have a look at the wharf and maintenance yard. At the junction only a short arm remains of the Newport branch. Although much of this canal branch is filled in the route is largely intact and therefore restoration is a possibility for the future. It currently serves as a private mooring and boatyard services.
The diesel here is a penny a litre more, but there is a chandlers and shop here. The warm weather has well and truly arrived so we purchased ice creams to cool down. We are only staying here for one night then it is on to Market Drayton.
Totals 10 Miles 1 Lock 1 Tunnel
Running total 251 Miles 101 Locks 11 Tunnels