We pulled pins at 08.10 a little later than we were going to and soon entered Tardebigge Top lock. At eleven feet and 7 inches deep it’s one of the deepest narrow locks that you will find on the canal network. With 36 locks in front of us we just hope that there are a lot of boats coming up the flight so that there are plenty of locks in our favour.The flight comprises of 30 narrow locks on a two-and-a-quarter-mile stretch .It raises the waterway 220 feet (67 m), and lies between the Tardebigge tunnel to the North and the Stoke Prior flight of six narrow locks to the South.
With me on lock wheeling duty for most of the 36 locks Carolyn eases Inca out of the lock next to the reservoir which feeds this flight of locks. This is where the water is pumped back up the hill to feed water into the locks.
It happens to all of us at times, but you can’t help but laugh when it happens to someone else. It’s a bit funny because the guy had just been telling me that they were experienced Hirers and then his wife started shouting at him to come back down from the lock and pull her in.
The obligatory picture from The Tardebigge flight. Everybody that passes this old lock cottage takes a picture of the array of aerials . I would have thought he could talk to someone on the other side of the World with all those aerials.
After nearly five hours and with most of the 36 locks against us we get onto our mooring South of Stoke Prior. Out of the 36 locks we did I did 33 and Carolyn did 3. It’s a new world record for me with that many locks in a day and probably will never be repeated. Of course Carolyn has done more when we went up the same flight last year when she did all 36. Even though it was busy and there was a bit of hard work involved it was still a most enjoyable day.