The Inn at Grinshill
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
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We stopped for lunch just south of Great Haywood, but first we went through Tixall Wide. Basically Tixall House didn't want their view spoilt by a canal, so it was disguised as a lake. Seems like a clever way to disguise a canal, and is quite an impressive thing as you come round the corner to find a massive expanse of water before you.
We stopped a little further on for lunch at a nice little lock side restaurant which gave us ...
An important lesson to learn when traveling by canal and taking short trips to see the sights is that you should check the opening times of the sites you want to see. We got a taxi over to Stafford castle to find that it didn't open till 11am, we were an hour too early. The castle is little more than the ruins of a keep on top of a rather big hill, at the bottom is a visitor centre and then a trail with information boards that spiral up ...
... So Carrie spends her time at the tiller and I get to do the locks, there weren't many and they were quite spread out so wasn't as tiring as the Wolverhampton locks.
At the Radford Bank we ate at a carvery where I feel that after my half roast chicken, sausage, gammon and beef with chips, potatoes, carrots and 3 yorkshires, that maybe the banana split was a little too much. But this canalling does build up your appetite.
After the 4 hours of locks, Carrie had the fun of negotiating a very narrow channel which claimed to have passing points, but we weren't convinced. Instead we just spent the time hoping that we didn't encounter any oncoming boats, we passed 2 just before entering the narrow, but fortunately made it to the end before we found ...
And so to our last morning. I had mostly packed the car the previous evening and discovered that we still had room for some last minute shopping for wine. So after breakfast we said our farewells to Lorna and Pete and headed north. We stopped off at Leclerc at Barbezieux and purchase some wine and topped up with fuel, 92p a litre for diesel! By now it was midday and we joined e N10 and drove north towards Caen. We had decided to just go for it ...