We pulled pins from our mooring at Stoke Prior at 07.40 after the best nights sleep I’ve had for a long time,must be something to do with the 33 locks I did yesterday. After dropping down the 6 locks of The Astwood flight of locks we were soon at Hanbury Wharf . We have been a bit undecided over the last few days, should we drop down into Worcester turning left or turn right and drop down into Droitwich Spa . In the end we tossed a coin and turned right.
There is usually a Volunteer Lockie on at this flight as it seems some people get confused about using the side ponds when locking up or down . Although this guy didn’t really say a lot he was very helpful and efficient.
After the next lock we go onto a river section with the notoriously low bridge under the M5 Motorway . Guess what happened next ? We hit the height board a good 3 inches up it with our cratch board. But not being easily put off We carried on slowly and in the end just about scrapped through with no damage done . The bizarre thing then was that we were a good Quarter of an inch below the height board on the other side of the bridge .I think someone needs to do a bit of adjusting.
Out and about in the town and Carolyn takes an instant likening to these wood carvings. Just where we would put them on Inca ,God only knows. Eventually I managed to drag her away and we continued our look around. Like many towns today it seems to be full of Charity shops,which Carolyn is more than happy to visit.
Droitwich was known in Roman times as Salinae and salt was extracted by them, however the origins of salt extraction in the area go back to prehistoric times, the brine is 10 times stronger than seawater and can only be compared with that in the dead sea. It was not until the early 19th century that the benefits of flotation in brine were fully appreciated and brine baths built , John Corbett turned Droitwich into a fashionable spa, he was a salt king and a member of parliament and promoted Droitwich as a health resort.
After a couple of days here tomorrow we will move on again. We have a 4 hour journey down to The River Severn and we will then decide whether to wait here over night or make the trip up to Stourport on the same day.