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Travel Blogs from Shifnal
... the two boats returned.
This was a very peaceful mooring, with little traffic noise, and just a few walkers.
No boating today.
Sun 22nd Sep
We started fairly early in order to get to Brownhills in time for a shower before church. As we arrived at the visitor mooring, a young man from another boat warned us about an underwater obstruction so we moved on a boat length and found we could moor right in to the side. ...
... sound checks, with some excellent fiddle playing and guitar work. They were then introduced as "Meet on the Ledge". We have never seen them before but we know the name. They are usually at the Cropredy Fairport Convention, and they are headlining the Banbury Folk Festival this year. Very enjoyable music, but hard to talk.
Mary and David Litchfield joined us, as well as BCF member John who has been crewing for them. He remembers us from the Rufford Brach ...
... we last did in 2000. Lots of changes with some "new" buildings to see. If you have the opportunity, make a visit to this place and allow most of the day.
We had a wonderful Cornish pasty at lunchtime, and tea and cake in the afternoon, followed by excellent cider in their pub. We had a call from Jim Sparkes to say he was also having trouble finding a slipway.
We walked to Tesco to get some provisions – a little further than we had been led to ...
... a gap year specialist.
Yes, I did feel too old to be shopping there, but hey ho, they had what we needed.
Now the challenge will be how the hell I fit a bulging 80 litres of stuff from the old rucksack into the new 70 litre one.... hmmmm.... may have to leave the inflatable crocodile behind :(
... over two hours. As we reached the top lock a hire boat came into view, and John started to help them down the locks.
At the top there is a junction, with the right branch going towards Merry Hill and the Netherton Tunnel. We took the left branch, a dead end, as we had learned that was a good place to moor there. In a short distance we turned left again onto the Stourbridge Extension Canal, and discovered that there were newish looking rings on the offside, so ...