Monday, 18 October 2010

Another one out of the box.

9 locks, 7.85 miles Now moored at Branston Water Park.

It was another Indian summer’s day and this time it lasted all day. Quite a few boats out making the most of the weather which made it easy going at the locks as it was one up, one down with very little waiting.

Granny Buttons NZ 216 Granny Buttons with Rugeley power station in the back ground.

As we left Fradley Junction we saw that Bruce on Nb Sanity Again had left and we caught up with him at Alrewas just as he was heading off on a shopping trip.

Granny Buttons NZ 217 Nice bench at Alrewas on the Trent & Mersey Canal.

At lock 12 the next pound is river section so we checked the river level indicator below the lock and it was well below the green marker, so quite safe. You wouldn’t have realised it was a river and not a canal, it was so calm.

Granny Buttons NZ 220 Weir on the River Trent below Alrewas.

At Branston Water Park we were very lucky to get a nice sunny mooring well away from the road noise of the A38 dual carriageway we had been following closely previously. After lunch we decided a walk was called for so we walked out across the park to Branston Village. From here we followed cycleway 54 towards Burton upon Trent and came out by Morrisons supermarket near Shobnall Basin. After a few false starts we eventually found our way back to the canal and walked back along the towpath from somewhere between bridges 33 and 34.

Granny Buttons NZ 224-1Wychnor church above the River Trent below Alrewas.

A total of 81.1 Miles, and 47 Locks on Granny Buttons.

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