The Swan Hotel
Travel Blogs from Stafford
... where the Common Folk Club takes place every Thursday. We had a warm welcome, and we sang Watercress and Well, Well, Well. There were lots of performers, with several singer / songwriters. Quite a few folksy pop songs, and not much traditional folk. It didn’t finish until 1115pm. We got a lift back to the boat.
No locks, 6 miles.
Fri 20th Sep
Thankfully Hugo was around in the morning as usual, so we guess he had plenty ...
... Leeds and Liverpool Canal where he was on foot and chatted to us in 2009.
There was heavy rain while we were in the marquee, but by the time we left it had eased off.
No locks, 3 miles
Sat 14th Sep
In the morning we found puddles of water on the floor, and a wet cat bed, plus a wet pile of James’ clothes, complete with a drying but bedraggled cat. Sometimes we wish they could talk.
The rain had stopped so ...
Pick up Sat Morning. Smooth handover. SC- Can you feel it? DC - No hardly tell it's there. First outing in the new Van at our first C&C site in Ashbourne. Lovely Site. Friendly helpful staff help us push it on the pitch. The Van is very comfy and warm.
50 miles from Cresswell Rd Mexbourgh to Site.
89 miles from Site to Home.
... now on the Wolverhampton level, i.e. no locks between here and Wolverhampton.
As we passed Malthouse Stables which used to be a secure mooring we saw it was marked private mooring, and the secure fences now had gaps in! BW must have sold it. We moored finally at the Black Country Museum.
We made phone calls to boatyards to find a slipway but had no success.
No locks, 8 miles
Tue 10th Sep
We visited the Black Country ...
... no reply. We turned into the basin through the old towpath bridge, and we were beckoned to the services area. We were directed to a mooring opposite Ferrous, a BCF boat. We were given a key to the gate, and we bought some blue.
We were told that it might be possible to use the slipway first thing in the morning, but they wouldn’t know until much later. We contacted Jim Sparkes to prime him.
We took a taxi to Rowley Regis Labour Club where ...