We had a pleasant cruise, the wind was gusty at times but it was good to be on the move and especially with the sun shining. We expected more branches in the canal due to the high winds yesterday but it wasn't too bad. We passed through Handsacre and Armitage (passed the loo factory), I got off and walked through the Armitage tunnel to make sure it was clear as it is only wide enough for one boat, there was a boat exiting with 2 men chatting away on the back, they obviously had not sent anyone through to see if it was clear and had just taken a chance, we then passed through Rugeley. As the canal turns away from Rugeley it crosses over the River Trent on Brindley Bank Aqueduct, the river was flowing really fast and although not in flood not far off and much more water flowing than when we passed over last year. We continued to Wolseley Bridge where we have moored for the day. We have been for a walk around the Wolseley Nature Centre this evening and we were very impressed, it would be great for children but we really enjoyed it as well. It is the former landscape gardens of the Wolseley family home now managed with wildlife in mind.
The obligatory photo - Armitage Loos
The River Trent
The view from our window tonight
Taken at the Wolesley Nature Centre
Canada Geese Goslings (the first we have seen)
10 miles 3 locks