We are now on our way out of Birmingham and are making our way towards Fazeley. We have been told by several other boaters that if you are going this way you need to go all the way to Curdworth before you stop as its not safe with some referring to it as Bandit country. The journey will involve dropping down 27 locks with an estimated time of 7 1/2 hours. We left our mooring at 06.55 and filled up with water at the services above Farmers Bridge locks.
The next fight of locks is the Aston flight of 11 locks. The Graffiti is everywhere. If there's a flat surface that the Scroates can reach they will spray it. At least they didn't paint over this bridge name.. I worked in Dartmouth , Devon for 23 years .
We passed this KFC on route and with it being lunchtime Carolyn ran in and picked up a few pieces of Chicken .It had to be the smallest pieces of Chicken we have ever had being half the size of what you normally get. I just wondered if they have bred a new form of Midget Chicken.
Eventually after 7 hours we reached Curdworth and picked up this mooring just before the tunnel. In the end our cruise was mostly uneventful , but we have heard stories of people experiencing problems on this part of the canal system. After seeing all of the smashed windows of the factories on the canal side plus the graffiti and the measures that the locals take to protect their properties I would definitely recommend NOT stopping overnight between the centre of Birmingham and Curdworth.