The Grand Tour 2018 – part 5

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What a great week we are having. Whilst staying with David Nottage at his home in Shotley Gate we organized to hire a 47 foot narrow boat for a week from Anglo Welsh Boats starting at Tardebigge near Bromsgrove.

We headed off towards Birmingham on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. On the way we saw 3 people on the tow path looking distressed as the path was closed due to some bridge work and they needed to meet up with some of their family at The Gas Street Basin in Birmingham. We decide to give them a lift to the Canal Side Inn at Gas Street and in return they bought us a drink.

Grand Tour, part 5. Photo: Ross Tonkin
Grand Tour, part 5. Photo: Ross Tonkin

We then headed off towards Wolverhampton to find a quiet spot to moor for the night. The next morning we cruised on for a while the turned around and headed back to Gas Street to top up our water tank. We then set off to Kings Norton Junction and turned left on to the Stratford – Upon – Avon canal following it down through 14 locks to Kingswood Junction where it joins the Grand Union canal. After filling up the water tank again we turned around and headed up through the same 14 locks thus completing 28 locks on Tuesday.

Grand Tour, part 5. Photo: Ross Tonkin
Grand Tour, part 5. Photo: Ross Tonkin

Once we moored for the night, after all those locks, I decided to have a nap on the lounge sofa. Only a few minutes later two people riding past on their bikes said ‘’Is that Ross?’’. Who would have believed it, it was 2 members of the Diamond Valley Narrow Boat Owner’s Club who were cruising from Droitwich to the Crick Boat Show on their narrow boat Emmaus. I had known Steve & Carolyn from when they were looking to buy a boat, we had met several times at the Diamond Creek Tavern to discuss their plans as I had had Matilda for a year or so. I also stayed on their boat when I was in the UK last year. What a small world we live in!!

We are now moored next to The Drawbridge Inn. We ate there on Sunday on the way down and are about to go back for another meal.

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