Brewood

Thursday 31st December On the nicest day of the winter I slept in until 8am.  Dog walk and breakfast took us up to 9:30am, and then checking the map, if we set off at 10:00 we could be at Autherley Junction about 11:30am, then Aldersley at 11:45 and into the first lock of the Wolverhampton…

Sign of the week

  Seen yesterday on a very lonely windswept towpath on the Shroppie, just before Gnosall. Not sure if it had been pinched or really should be there but it was a good half mile to the pub which it advertised.

Tyrley to Brewood

Wednesday 30th December It’s been a long cold wet winter day today and I didn’t see the Shroppie at its best, with endless muddy towpaths and biting cold easterly wind across the exposed embankments which forced us to crab along mile after mile at 45 degrees to the bank, just to keep moving forwards. Therefore…

Audlem to Tyrley

Tuesday 29th December In the face of a dreadful weather forecast of heavy snow for the Welsh Borders and Shropshire, I took the dog out to check the conditions.  A hire boat had pulled in last night, so I was not the last boat to arrive in Audlem, and as they left quite early, while…

Barbridge to Audlem

Monday 28th December Brrrrrhhh.  Freezing fog all day – the sun was there somewhere but visibility was down to a few boat lengths, all adding to the fun of boating through the ice. Whilst much worse than I had hoped, the ice was actually well broken in most places, and the only place we had problems was…

Middlewich to Barbridge Junction

Last night I got back to Zulu and initial prospects of re-starting the trip seemed quite good.  First of all I went to the winding hole and got round without a problem, whereas last week this would have been virtually impossible with the ice.  There was in fact no floating ice below Big Lock either, but…

Sign of the week II

Wrong date! Big Lock, 19th December 2009 Thanks to the lady with the dog who pointed out that BW had put the wrong dates on this notice.  Should of course have been 19th December and 20th December – but I never even noticed either. 

Abandon trip

On Friday night the canal began to freeze over at 4pm and by next morning it was solid ice up to 3/4 inch thick, but despite this the ground was of course solid but not at all slippery.  It was like walking in the dry cold of an industrial deep freeze, and gloves would freeze to…