Day 23: Perry Barr – Alvecote

19 miles
30 locks

Starting at the top of Perry Barr, we set off early with the hope of making it to Alvecote.

At the bottom of Perry Barr the canal passes under Spaghetti Junction which is always a fantastic sight.



Then we were on the Birmingham and Fazeley canal, meeting more boats in the first hour than we’d seen on the whole of the Northern BCN over the past few days!

Down Curdworth, we found that we needed to take off all our fenders and hold Willow in reverse against the cill to have any hope of opening the bottom gate!

We had dinner underway and carried on to Fazeley junction and the Coventry Canal, up Glascote locks and finally into Alvecote Marina where, as an historic boat, Willow gets a spot inside the marina for the next few days. Now to smarten up Willow after several weeks worth of bumps and scrapes ready for the weekend! We’ll probably not post every day until we’re off again after the bank holiday weekend.

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