Monday, 21 November 2011

Wolverley move again – Wednesday, onto the Shropshire Union

Wednesday was the day when we got onto the Shroppie at last. But first the Wolverhampton locks – a flight of 21 in 2 miles or so. Some way down the flight was a fascinating high railway bridge with a wonderful skewed arch for the canal to pass under.

We had left the mooring at 9 am and cleared the last lock at 11:45 – including a ten minute break for tea just after the railway bridge and before lock 17. Just below the bottom lock was Aldersley Junction – not yet into the Shroppie but nearly there.

At noon exactly we turned at Autherley Junction into the Shropshire Union – and a stop lock. The log says “ they tell us there’s ANOTHER lock”

We were soon on the Shropshire Union – with its long straight sections over embankments and through cuttings, and its wonderful stone bridges, many much taller than on other canals.

... and a modern motorway bridge carrying the M54

We moored at Brewood and celebrated with a cream tea at The Mess.

Day 6: 6.6 miles, 22 locks

Click on the maps below to see a larger version with the GPS track overlaid:

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