Living in hopes that the met office would be right for once we set off in the drizzle fully expecting an improvement in the weather within the hour. It was not to be and we did the Delph flight in the pouring rain.
|Top lock on the Delph flight.|
|Looking down the flight.|
Still raining I left Ian on the helm to take us to the Stourbridge flight. After all no point in both of us getting wet! I had just started to make soup for lunch when a hail from Ian to say we had arrived at the top lock. Blast, with 16 in the flight lunch was going to be considerably late. Then a life line. At lock 3... bollards on the off side, obviously for C&RT work boats but vacant at the moment so a good place to stop for lunch.
|Leaving our lunch spot. And look....glorious sunshine.|
|Walking on the edge only way to get to the lock|
Then by lock 12 a towpath closure sign with Harris fencing across the path. Nothing for it but get Ian back on board and take him to the next lock. In the distance men at work and the only place to drop Ian off was at the bridge 'cos the contractors work boat was hogging all of the lock landing.
I got myself in a right pickle after Ian got off. The wind pinned me to the side and I tried in vain to reverse off. Couldn't even get to push FS off because of the mud and loose soil. Then a contractor appeared and I bet he wished he hadn't. I told the contractor that he had no idea how difficult he had made life for us boaters. I got a blank look...and then a "Why"? So I told him in no uncertain terms that to leave their boat on the only means of getting anyone on to the bank, was madness. "But we need it" says he, "Where else are we to keep our tools". "Not on the bleep bleep landing where we need to get crew off" says I, '"and how about you helping me to push the front of the boat off instead of watching me struggle to get away from the side". He begrudgingly obliged and I managed to get to the lock without further mishap. I wish C&RT would at least make provisions for us boaters during towpath work. But as usual it's the boaters that are always the last to be thought of.
|Notice the state of the towpath|
|Wordsley Junction and left onto the Stourbridge Town Arm|
|The winding hole is on the left at the very end.|
|Just make out the dry dock on the right.|
Having got round okay even though the tiller felt really heavy, we back tracked to moor just beyond the bridge. Lovely quiet mooring and with rain once again making an appearance, we stayed the night.
|Private moorings through the bridge. Photo taken with a RAW setting on the camera|
|Water point mooring. We are moored at the end.|
And a few of our journey photos
|Stourbridge flight lock 6|
|One way of making the chimney a talking point|
|Not quite a staircase as there is a very small pound between lock 9 and 10|
|Yep, that's a small pound.|