17th July 2009
I can't believe that the summer holidays are nearly upon us, and that means the next boat trip. Whoop Whoop Whoop! (that's a cry of excitement, not the klaxon of a submerging submarine!).
Due to inconsistent school holidays we have some complicated chopping and changing to accommodate the comings and goings of the various crew members.
In a nutshell we will be doing most of the Stourport Ring, following the Staffs and Worcester down to the River Severn and then on to Worcester before working back up Tardebigge and onto Kingswood Junction for a couple of days layover. This leg will include Belle, Jeff & myself and is scheduled to take six days, an itinerary confirmed by Canalplanac without resorting to the accelerated cruising speed I used for the South Pennine Ring at Easter.
Jim of Starcross will be proud of my plans to use public transport back from Lapworth for the middle weekend.
For the second leg Jeff, having been dispatched to Boys Brigade camp, will be replaced by Tilly. We will then retrace our route from last year through Hatton, hopefully having time to pause in Braunston before completing the trip via Fazeley, Fradley and Gt Haywood.
All we need is for the summer sun to return...