Saturday, 6 August 2011

Its a new record - are we mad?

Friday, we set off down the Tardebigge flight, 3 1/2 hours not bad going for 29 locks, most of which we against us, because there was a boat a few locks in front, as we got nearer the bottom a few boats were coming up.  Tardebigge has to be one of the prettiest flights, lovely views all around.  We moored opposite the Queens and as we thoroughly deserved it, went in for lunch and a couple of pints.  Then the madness set in, it was only lunchtime so lets do some more locks and go a bit further!  We continued to Hanbury Wharf so undertook another 12 locks, a total of 41 for the day, beating out previous 35, again on Tardebigge, which three years ago we did twice in two weeks as we hired a boat from Stoke Wharf.

Once moored as if we hadn't had enough, we took a walk up the newly opened Driotwich Canal, what did we look at? - locks!  We then retired to the pub!

Saturday - today we had a leisurely cruise, the canal is surprisingly narrow due to reeds and shallow, the further towards Worcester we got the less water there was.  We have moored at Lowesmoor Basin for a few days, to enable us to visit Worcester, do some jobs on the boat and get the engine serviced as we have done 250 hours now, and to have a rest!

Start of the Tardebigge Flight

Tardebigge Bottom Lock 

Moored by the pub

Don't think we were the only ones tired
this young blackbird hitched a ride for about a mile

 Entrance to the Droitchwich

Lots of reeds

Worcester Cathederal

Our next task - the River Severn

and Diglis Locks (although Ali helped someone going out onto the Severn today)
Friday - 7 miles 41 locks
Saturday - 8 miles 11 locks

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