Friday, 8 July 2011

Third time lucky…

We made it to Stratford yesterday!  We left Wooten Wawen under threatening skies – we knew we would get wet at some point, but the rain held off until late morning.  After Bearley or Odd lock, we came to Edstone Aqueduct.  Realizing it was a ‘proper’ aqueduct with only the trough at one side, Rog make a fast exit down the steps, leaving me to grab the tiller – luckily Russ isn’t afraid of heights and was there to take the photographs!  At 28ft high and 475 feet long, it is modest compared to the Pontcysyllte that we did earlier this year, but is still impressive in it’s own way.  When we were over, Russ told his Dad that he could ‘take his dress off’ and come back out now!  We had just started to work the Wilmcote flight of locks when the rain that had been threatening all morning caught up with us – and came down in stair rods!  We were waiting for an Anglo Welsh to come up the lock, and Rog was helping, with me walking down to fill the next lock.  We got soaked!  A lock or two later, the sun came out again and everything started steaming.  That wasn’t the last of the rain, but it was the worst.  We had several more heavy showers after we had moored in Bancroft Basin, but we were snug by then so it didn’t matter.  Later we had a wander around Stratford, and bought our licence to go onto the Avon.

SDC10932Not the Pontcysyllte, but big enough



SDC10946Here it comes!

SDC10950Getting soaked


SDC10945Sun out again

SDC10948Our very own ‘David Bailey’

SDC10957Lock no 55 – the last lock on the Stratford

SDC10969Our mooring in Bancroft Basin, underneath Will Shakespeare's statue

6.8 miles and 17 locks

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