Saturday, 24 September 2016

Tixall Wide

Following our epic journey yesterday, today we opted for a relatively short four miles and two locks. Our arrival at Weston Lock was timed to perfection, a boat was just emerging as we round the corner and so we were straight in. At Hoo Mill Lock we had a short wait, and then it was only a half mile or so to Great Haywood Junction. We needed to top up the water tank, as we plan to stay put for a few days. The water point was busy, and when we eventually got on it, the tap was quite slow. The junction is where the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal departs from the Trent and Mersey. Our journey home takes us straight on, but today we turned right and headed a short distance to Tixall Wide. The canal here is wide enough to cruise in circles, so we can turn the boat and rejoin the Trent and Mersey next week.

                                                  View from the side hatch across the wide.

During the course of our summer cruise we have collected a few scratches to the blacking on the hull sides. A further benefit of the mooring here at Tixall is a low bank, so whilst here, if the weather is fine we may tidy up the scrapes.

Total 4 Miles 2 Locks

Running total 350 Miles 209 Locks 14 Tunnels

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