Monthly Archives: April 2014

A visit to Gloucester Cathedral

Gordon was off to B & Q on Tuesday so I was left to my own devices in Gloucester. I had around an hour or so and decided to fill the time revisiting the cathedral. There are quite a few tombs, the … Continue reading

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Down the Severn to Gloucester

As you can see by this sign, the distance to Gloucester is more or less the same as the distance to Birmingham. The difference is that we would be travelling by the equivalent of a watery motorway – the River Severn. Birmingham … Continue reading

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Pirates!

We were up and about early for the Easter Sunday trip down the 22 locks to Worcester. Not quite awake, it was a bit of a shock to spy a boatload of pirates at the second lock down! Turns out … Continue reading

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Tackling Tardebigge mob handed!

Tardebigge is a flight of locks not to be undertaken lightly. To get to the bottom there’s the 30 locks of the Tardebigge flight itself, then a further 6 in the Stoke flight. In all 36 locks to negotiate to … Continue reading

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A day of three tunnels

Nige and Trina, who had dinner with us on Thursday evening, live in King’s Norton. Despite the fact that they live not more than a few minutes’ walk from the Wast Hill Tunnel they’d never had the chance to go … Continue reading

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Browsing in Brum

With only one day in Birmingham on this occasion there wasn’t an opportunity to do a great deal but the weather was incredible and we did enjoy a rather aimless wander around the city just taking a look. This statue … Continue reading

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Over exposed on the climb into Birmingham

From Curdworth you’ve got to work 27 locks to get up into the centre of Birmingham. CRT volunteers described the area in between as ‘bandit country’ and recommended that the trip be taken in one go. I’m not particularly ‘lock fit’ … Continue reading

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A couple flights in a couple of days

We’ve done 24 locks in the past two days to get us back down the Atherstone flight and up the Curdworth flight ready for our final assault on the further 27 locks that will get us into the middle of Birmingham. … Continue reading

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We’re off towards Birmingham – after just one more final meal!

When we left Coventry we only travelled as far as Hawkesbury Junction where the Coventry Canal meets the North Oxford. Ray and Diane from nb Ferndale were going to be here and we planned to get together for the very last … Continue reading

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Gordon gets a happy hat

The last couple of days have been spent in Coventry where we moored up in the basin. It’s a great spot to moor – close enough to the middle of Coventry to be convenient but far enough out to be pretty … Continue reading

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