We have decided to make a push towards Llangollen and have had a few long cruising days. And there is nothing better than getting an early start .We have had a busy few days and after getting through Atherstone locks we then cruised to Tamworth and moored just before the town and opposite the Golf course .
On Tuesday morning we pulled pins at 06.50 and headed through Tamworth and then dropped down the 2 locks at the end of the Town. It was then onto Fazeley Junction and turning right staying on the Coventry canal. A left turn would have taken us onto the Birmingham and Fazeley canal.
Wednesday was another early start and this time we pulled pins at 06.45 with the hope of making it to Tixall Wide and picking up a mooring for a day or two of chilling. So it was through the swing bridge and a left turn onto the Trent and Mersey canal. After the 2 locks at Fradley we came to Woodend lock which is one of the more picturesque locks on the canal , Made even more picturesque by Carolyn’s smile . (That must be worth a good few brownie points)
Its then through the Armitage tunnel that isn't a tunnel anymore as the roof was taken off many years ago. It is so narrow that 2 boats can not pass and as you can’t see the other end you have to send someone through on foot to make sure it is clear to proceed. We have a pair of 2 way radios and this is the only time we have ever used them and even then all you can hear on them is the local Taxi drivers.
After stopping to fill with water we arrived in Rugeley where the skyline is dominated by the Power station. There is a new 24 hour Tesco next to the visitor moorings which is very handy so we stopped and got a few bits and pieces .
We finally arrived at Great Haywood and turned left under bridge 109 and joined the Staffordshire and Worcester canal. It is then a very short distance to Tixall wide.This is a very popular mooring spot and luckily there were two or three moorings empty.
This has to be one of the best moorings anywhere. It is said that the owner of Tixall Hall wouldn't let the canal company build a canal through his estate unless it was made to look like a lake . So to make him happy and get the canal built they dug out a large area to form a lake. It is also said that the expanse of water was already here and that Izaak Walton learnt to fish here. Which ever is right it doesn't matter as it is a lovely place to chill out.
Ps….Hi Pam , It was good to meet you at Hopwas, and look forward to catching up with you again soon when i will definitely take a picture of you for the blog !!