Saturday, 3 May 2014

Four Counties Ring Day 15, Brewood to Penkridge

Another stroll around Brewood in the morning. Couldn't resist buying some plants at a splendidly arranged 'shop' on someone's front patio. Payment was through a money slot in the front door.

Plant 'shop' at Brewood

Then onwards to the southern 'tip' of our cruise at Autherley Junction.

Autherley Junction

Autherley Junction

Autherley Junction

Time for another 'rabbit run' (plus customary shop at the nearby Morrison's)

Viking Afloat boat hire at Gailey is a bit of a nuisance due to the fact that their boats take up a significant proportion of the canal width, as can be seen in the photo below.

Viking Afloat 'nuisance'

Bought some canal books etc. in the nice shop on the ground floor of the impressive round toll keeper's watchtower. Apparently there is another one like this somewhere on the canal system, but I can't remember where.

Toll keeper's watchtower at Gailey

At Gailey the canal crosses the A5 again, this time under it

The Boat pub at Penkridge looked tempting, but it was a case of sharp exit because it was excessively busy and noisy. Used the CRT facilities at Penkridge and moored up for the night just past the lock on the other side of bridge 86.