This morning when we awoke, the boat had tipped alarmingly and the ropes were tight as a guitar string and pulling us over – the river had come up over a foot overnight! It was now well into the amber and rising, so, not wanting to be caught and stuck if it went into the red, it was decided that we would leave the river at Diglis and go up the Worcs and Birmingham Canal to Kings Norton and do the Stratford Canal the other way around. Another factor was that the Stratford on Avon Festival is on next weekend which is probably when we were due to arrive, and it is bound to be rammed. I was looking forward to a week of not having to do locks and I can’t say I am thrilled at the prospect of doing Tardebigge, but I suppose we need to do it sometime! The canal leaves Worcester through the arse-end of town, so not much worth photographing. We stopped at the
Viqueen, YellowPeril, Viking Aground, Viking Afloat hire base for diesel and by the time we had got out of Worcester and found somewhere half decent to moor, it was 3.30. Now moored at Tibberton. The weather has been mostly hot, cloudy and very humid, with a couple of showers of rain – not pleasant at all. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
6.7 miles and 16 locks