Sunday June 13 Stone to Great Haywood and Tixall Wide (10 miles, 4 locks)
Annie moored at Tixall Wide
We found two boats in front of us at Sandon lock, so had to queue for the first time this year, for this and both Weston and Hoo Mill locks. No surprise with all the owned, hired and boat share Narrowboats and cruisers out this weekend. We were both happy to help and chat with all the boaters and walkers about this Sunday, enjoying the sunshine. This gentle Trent valley is very pretty, with buttercups, elder flowers and cow parsley, plus lots of Canada Geese families. We spotted three ex-Ownerships shared boats, Rodbaston, Rowington and Cheddington (we had two shares in their NB Osprey before buying Annie).
We were lucky to find an empty prime mooring at Tixall Wide, a favourite lake-like beauty spot and mooring for many of us boaters, a mile away from the junction and Shugborough Hall, once the home of photographer Lord Lichfield.