By 22.30 the Erewash mob left to catch the bus back ( They all had bus passes ) and we walked it back rather then pay another £4. We still beat them back to the bridge!
This morning as we listened to the rain beating down on the roof we nearly decided to stay put and leave for Birmingham tomorrow, but by 9. 30am and with a break in the weather, we said our farewells to our cruising friends, winded, and headed back toward Netherton tunnel.
|Windmill End Junction. Hawne Basin is off to the right.|
Inside the tunnel it was wet! With 4 air vents to cruise under and with all the rain during the night, we had to negotiate waterfalls instead of the occasional drip! Only one boat came towards us so we made good time.
|I'm sure when we came through this way in 2011 there was no locked gate at the entrance.|
The rain held off for the 2 hours it took to get to Gas Street Basin and although the Main Line is pretty boring being mostly straight, there were some decent photo opportunities.
|Engine Arm Aqueduct.|
|The run into Brum|