At 9 am we were underway, earlier than usual for us. We had a few miles to go before reaching our first set of six Locks. We navigated through Dunhampstead, which has a small Canal side shop, selling gifts and chandlery items. Next was Dunhampstead Tunnel, which at 230 yards is fairly short. On approach to Hanbury Junction, where the Droitwich Canal, joins the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, there is a line of long term moored boats. We slowed to a tickover, so as not to rock the boats, then just as we were closing on the junction, another boat emerged from the direction of Droitwich, and was now ahead of us towards the Locks.
With the boat ahead, all the Locks would be against us now, still never mind the sun was shining. At the top of the Astwood flight, this other boat moored. We passed them then stopped for water. After a quick lunch break we got going again, this time with nothing in front of us, towards the Stoke flight of six Locks. The only concern we had now was, would there be space to stop above the top lock. There is only a very short pound between Stoke Top Lock, and Tardebigge Bottom Lock, and we certainly did not want to be committed to that flight of 30 Locks today. We were lucky, there was a little space, we secured the boat, then went to the Queens Head P.H. for refreshments.
Just ahead of our mooring, you can see the white posts to the Lock Landing for Tardebigge Bottom Lock.
Totals 7 Miles 12 Locks 1 Tunnel
Running totals 118 Miles 138 Locks 4 Tunnels