"S'Mine Too"

23rd - 28th July 2007


Monday 23rd July  (Cloudy with occasional showers)

               Leaving the new Brinklow Marina


Ron testing the newly installed beer dispensing facilities

Tuesday 24th July  (Sunny and hot all day)

Waiting to enter the Glascote locks

Arriving at Fradley Junction


The crew's view whilst passing "The Swan"  enjoying their Bitburgers

Wednesday 25th July  (Cloudy with showers in the morning turning hot and sunny in the afternoon)

The narrowboat being carefully negotiated through the "Plum Pudding Rocky Cutting" by Alan



Disaster was averted by the quick thinking actions of Ron when a narrowboat (with inexperienced crew) emerged at high speed out of Hayward Junction

Thursday 26th July  (Overcast with rain around lunchtime, but sun in the afternoon)

Waiting for the convoy to depart through Harecastle Tunnel.

Entering the Tunnel

Friday 27th July  (Cloudy, but with occasional sunny intervals)

Entering the Peak Forest Canal.

The Goyt Mill at Marple


Filling with fuel from a floating Barge Shop




Saturday 28th July  (Sunny with a few clouds)


The Original Plan"

Leisurely depart from Brinklow Marina, service at Rose Narrowboats, Stretton Stop (4pm latest)
4.5mls to moor at Ansty for Monday Night (Rose & Castle)
TUESDAY: (Long Day)
Early Start, through Nuneaton, Atherstone, Polesworth, Tamworth, Fazeley Junction to Whittington (Choice of 3 pubs)
26mls, 14Lks, 12 Pearsons Hours
Fradley Junction onto the Trent & Mersey, through Handsacre, Rugeley, Haywood Junction, Weston-on Trent, Sandon to Stone for Tuesday Night (Star Inn by the Lock)
28mls, 9Lks, 10 Pearsons Hours
THURSDAY: (Another Long Day)
Head towards Stoke, Etruria and on the Harecastle Tunnel by about lunchtime.  Through tunnel, Kidsgrove to arrive at either Hassall Green or Wheelock (Pubs at Each)
20mls, 28Lks, 12 Pearsons Hours
Middlewich, Rudheath, past the Anderton Lift to Acton Bridge (Black Prince).  2 nearby Pubs
21mls, 21Lks, 11 Pearsons Hours
5 Miles to Preston Brook and the start of the Bridgewater Canal.  We are then close to Runcorn and the south side of the Mersey!!  This will be a shortish day and will allow us spare time (if necessary) to get the proposed moorings and time to tidy out the narrowboat.
5mls, 1Lock, 2 Pearsons Hours


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