Thursday June 17 (10 miles, 1 stop lock)
It rained last night, but is sunny now. John reversed Annie to the services by the lock, and emptied loo cassettes, while Liana filled Annie’s water tank.
Past the large chemical works at Calf Heath, we enjoyed the flat, wooded countryside on the way to Hatherton Marina and the adjacent Calf Heath Marina, which uses the first two locks of the old Hatherton Branch. We turned right at the canal crossroads, towards Autherley Junction.
We passed at least 22 oncoming boats today, so John was careful at bridge holes and blind corners! We were warned about loads of canoes at the outdoor education centre by bridge 73, but we just missed them - the kids were on the wood bike track as we passed.
We have moored and eaten at the Fox & Anchor at Cross Green several times, but it looked closed today.
Once under the A449 and M54 bridges, we passed through the narrows including “Pendeford Rockin’l without incident.
We rose the magnificent distance of a foot up this stop lock, by the Napton Narrowboats boat hire base.
Moving on past bridge 4, we moored opposite fields, close to Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve, as clouds and wind arrived. Tv football and Queens Club tennis kept us interested.
Interesting sky tonight!