Monday, 11 April 2011

The Monty

After a very quiet night moored beside Perry Aqueduct, we awoke to another day of bright blue skies.  It was very strange not to have a single boat pass us in either direction from the time we moored until we left – we felt like we were the only boats on the canal.  We set off for Maesbury Marsh, and the Navigation pub, much recommended by all the boaters we saw, for Sunday lunch. We had a lovely morning’s boating, the weather couldn’t have been better, and this canal, in it’s rural isolation, is something special – if you can ignore the shallowness, and the number of times hard reverse is needed to clear the weeds from the prop!  The sun was scorching by the time we arrived at the pub, and we ate outside – lunch was delicious.  After a short walk to work some of it off, we returned to the boats, stripped into shorts and t-shirts and lazed the afternoon away.

What a difference a day makes!  This morning we were back in fleeces and gloves for the return trip to Frankton Locks and Junction.  We decided not to rush, but to moor close to the bottom of the locks and book passage for tomorrow (Tuesday)

SDC10346Preparing to leave Saturday night’s mooring

SDC10348Former Packet Boat terminal at Heath Houses

SDC10349Aston Bottom Lock

Sunday -  4.5 miles and 3 locks

Monday – 7 miles and 4 locks

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