The Stourbridge Canal was absolutely beautiful in the morning sun and very clear – you could see the fish swimming alongside the boat.
Then it was up the Stourbridge flight. This took a while because several pounds were very low. But we’d have been much slower without the help of John who regularly helps boats up and down those locks. His assistance and local knowledge were invaluable.
Up the Delph locks and into the Black Country we enjoyed the views and the interesting sights but the large number of unidentified submerged objects which we crunched over not so much! On the Dudley No2 canal we passed the site of Hingleys of Netherton where the iron for Willow’s hull was forged.
Just before the Netherton tunnel I had a rendezvous with Julie, a friend from whom I’d bought a t shirt and so picked it up as we passed. Out of the tunnel and onto the new main line then round the corner past Caggys yard (where we have memories of blacking Lucky Duck) and to the Black Country Living Museum which has the best and most secure moorings in the area. Tomorrow we’re heading up the Wyrley & Essington to the Cannock extension where Willow’s sister boat is currently. Hopefully we’ll also catch up with our friends Sarah and Michael whilst we’re there!