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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Away to Brum

I wish now I had taken my camera to The Old Swan Inn formally known as Ma Pardoe's. After a two stop bus ride costing us £4 ( couldn't believe how much we were charged. If we had known how near the pub was we would have walked it!) we entered what I can only describe as totally unique public bar area. The walls had old fashion dark wall paper and on the ceiling was a huge tiled picture of a swan. Going from one room to another was like walking through a maze. Every corridor led to another snug. The beer was excellent and a must go see pub if you are ever in the Halesowen area.
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.

Netherton Tunnel

 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

And finally:-

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