Friday, 11 November 2011

Monday – no locks to Birmingham

Monday was a lock-free day, unless you count the stop lock at Kings Norton Junction. This has guillotine gates but was open all the way though:

Before the junction we had another lift bridge – but this one was on a main road with electrically operated barriers.

Here are the crew and the cars they stopped – who weren’t too friendly!

Kings Norton Junction is the end of the Stratford canal we were now on the Birmingham and Worcester. The tollhouse at the junction is a beautiful building:

Did you notice the finger post? 40 locks to Warwick!

On the way up to the centre of Birmingham we passed the University and resisted stopping at Cadbury World at Bourneville. We eventually moored near Gas Street Basin in the heart of Birmingham near The Mailbox. The girls were talking about Harvey Nicks – whatever that is!

Day 4: 10.3 miles, 0 locks
Click on the maps below to see a larger version with the GPS track overlaid:

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