We were at Calf Heath seeing some friends off for a weekend aboard Wand'ring Bark on Friday, and decided to do a spot of foraging for wild cherries.
Wild Cherries alongside the "21"
During our trip to Pelsall I had noticed some frit laden cherry trees along the "21" so this seemed the perfect opportunity to see what is going on the ground at lock 20.
Drained pound above :Lock 21 and a partially excavated Lock 20
May and Gurney are on site and the towpath side wall is being dismantled. The coping blocks are all removed and the supporting brickwork stripped to the waterline. It was hard to see how much more excavation is needed before rebuilding can commence but I suspect it is a week or more.
Stored edging blocks
The contractors are taking no chances and there were a couple of guys camping on site to ensure that the site is not interfered with.
My guess is that a mid August reopening is optimistic and a target of having the flight open for the Black Country Festival is a more likely aspiration.