Gas St to Stoke Prior
Sunday 30th May 2010
16 miles - 30 locks - 8 hours
We left a sleeping Birmingham at 7.30am after a surprisingly quiet night, creeping past towering flats and the partly occupied Cube. Then it was out to the site of the new aqueduct at Selly Oak with an alarming wiggle in the canal.
Flats at Sherborne Wharf
Mt Truth cooked up one of his legendry breakfasts at Bourneville, stoking us up for the forthcoming efforts at Tardebigge hill just down the cut. But before we got there we passed through the Wast Hill Tunnel, which included no less that five oncoming hireboats who nervously hugged the wall an the face of our approach.
Queens Head Inn
At one point the happy couple came down the towpath to have some photos taken on a narrowboat which was pushed across the canal. The resulting spectacle made an interesting diversion from the fishing which was a dead loss. The wedding party continued late into the night but I was dead to the world and oblivious to the noise.