Froxfield -> Hungerford Marsh To Ham Bird action in Oak Hill World Press Freedom Index Oak Hill – Dun Aqueduct Oak Hill Little Bedwyn -> Oak Hill 5 popular destinations for travelling where disease is still rife Chased by sheep – Little Bedwyn Taking a long walk…. Great Bedwyn -> Little Bedwyn Sunday on the canal Crofton Meadows -> Great Bedwyn Wolf Hall -> Crofton Meadows Brimslade -> Wolf Hall My first Zander Wotton Rivers -> Brimslade Most visited sites on the internet ABS LP110 Leisure battery for a narrowboat Burbage wharf Mooring in Wootton Rivers, Wiltshire Sunday in Pewsey Measuring the draft Looking for moorings around Wootton River/Clench New button fitted! Milkhouse Water, Wiltshire Now in Pewsey, CRT mooring rules Get into Stonehenge free Flaperon from MH370; no story – 1 month on Skyrim V Connect/’sign in’ to ‘open network’ wifi on Windows 10 My personal Strava movie – 2016 The biggest hacks of 2016 – A year in hacking US vs Bullying China Russian Google and Reddit misdirects skewing Google Analytics First complaint Winter electricity usage Devizes The fight for freedom, Not In My Back Yard Donald Trump – Puppet masters, Parody to victory, and the march to nationalism US Presidential elections 2016 Taking a narrowboat on the Thames Giles Wood – Melksham Bonny Journey List of dead bankers 2016 – conspiracy update Day 38 – Taunton to Exeter Day 37 – Seend Park to Taunton Day 36 – Seend Park to Bradford on Avon Day 49 – Caen Hill Marina to Seend Park Bleeding a BMC 1800 marine engine 3 Reasons you won’t ever tell me 9/11 was not an inside job Day 48 – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Devizes – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Honey Street to Devizes Day 46 – Great Bedwyn to Honey Street Day 45 – Newbury to Great Bedwyn Day 43 – Theale to Newbury Day 42 – Goring to Theale Day 41 – Oxford to Goring Day 40 – Aynho to Oxford Day 39 – Claydon to Aynho Day 38 – Flecknoe to Claydon Day 37 – Ansty to Flecknoe Day 36 – Alvecote to Ansty Day 35 – Kings Bromley to Alvecote Day 34 – Little Haywood to Kings Bromley News Winter moorings Day 33 – Stone to Little Haywood Day 32 – Kidsgrove to Stone Day 31 – Wheelock to Kidsgrove Cask ale week – Use your mobile to claim free beer Chimney repairs Day 30 – Marston to Wheelock Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston Viewranger mapping app Day 28 – Plank Lane to Dunham Massey Day 27 – Crooke to Plank Lane The anti-Blair cometh…. Day 26 – Rufford to Crooke Day 25 – Morecambe to Rufford – 1,000th post eva! Six companies are about to merge into the biggest farm-business oligopoly in history Day 25 – Hawes to Morecambe Day 24 – Durham to Hawes Day 23 – Newcastle to Durham Day 22 – Norham to Newcastle Day 21 – Edinburgh to Norham Day 20 – Dundee to Edinburgh Day 19 – Aberdeen to Dundee Day 18 – Buckie to Aberdeen Day 17 – Inverness to Buckie Day 16 – Helmsdale to Inverness Day 15 – Helmsdale Day 14 – John O’Groats to Helmsdale Inverness and over the border Travelling by train with a bike UNESCO PLACES OF WORSHIP Day 11 – Tarleton to St. Mary’s Marina, Rufford Day 10 – Tarleton lock Day 9 – Crooke to Tarleton
Kings Bromley - Trent and Mersey

Day 35 – Kings Bromley to Alvecote

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Did get a full day in. Pretty much.

Had to stop at Streethay Marina in Lichfield. Also empty some rubbish in Tamworth.

Otherwise, it was a straight day. 9am to 6pm.

Fradley locks volunteers

Even though there were volunteers, he decided to let me go through the top lock on my own. Just sort of watched, set the next lock and opened the next gate down. Left me to do the paddles and gates. Just watched and ate his butties.

Nice.

After I got down, he made his excuses about not wanting to move because his gear was at that lock. I looked around. I didn’t see any gear. Besides, a CRT would never be stupid enough to leave anything anywhere where the public can get it. It was pretty clear he just couldn’t be arsed.

What’s the point in working as a CRT volunteer if you’re just going to watch the boaters and sit there and eat?

If you want evidence, he’s on the timelapse video at the end of the story.

You can see him open the paddle and just walk off.

Pointless.

Coventry canal

Shortly after my experience with the lazy CRT volunteer, I emerged through the lightest swingbridge on the CRT network, (you can work it with one hand apparently), onto the Coventry canal.

This took me down through the outskirts of Lichfield, Streethay, where I stopped off at the Marina.

I haven’t filled up with diesel since I was in Thorn Marina.

Streethay Marina

Because it is Saturday, I’m served by youths. Who seem rather nice, not really bothered, but nice.

There’s a number of boats gathering by the time I leave.

I have a look around the Marina chandlers shop. They have a comprehensive selection of ‘one-time’ parts, such as engineering parts, chimney parts, different fittings, flanges and pieces.

I ask they guy if they’re on the internet. He says “we’re getting on there”. A few of the parts I’ve sourced on the internet are available here, in stock.

I wonder round the shop for a little while, whilst a guy from Kings Bromley Marina pushes in front of me in the queue.

They guy in the shop alerts me to this, to his credit. I say I’m not really bothered. I carry on looking around the shop.

After about 10 minutes or so, I go out to check how my re-fuelling operation is going.

Turns out, the boat that’s just been pumped out and re-fuelled’s owner has gone missing.

We wait around for 10 minutes or so until he emerges.

I let the other guy go in front whilst I chat to his wife.

We talk about the boat that was stolen from Kings Bromley Marina in the summer.

It’s an interesting talk. I think he feels a bit guilty from stealing my place in the queue.

After chatting to the guy doing the pump-out, I managed to get a discount price of £94 for 115 litres of fuel and a pump out.

Not bad.

Coventry canal traffic

Is pretty thin, compared to the Trent and Mersey.

I stop for a bit of lunch and a cup of tea just outside Streethay.

From here, it’s no locks until Glascote, Tamworth.

Tamworth by barge

There are so many houses here backing onto the canal. Each one has a different idea about what they want to do with the garden.

It’s like an illuminated Santa display at Christmas.

Some of them are garish and rude, some are unkempt, some prim and proper, some meadow, some sheds.

There’s probably about 3 miles of them. Urban gardens. Like a garden show, from behind, if you’re into that.

Very interesting, and I have to take it slow because there are boats moored up most of the way.

Camera out!

Haven’t had the chance to get the camera out for most of the day.

The featured picture at the head of the article is coming through the woods at Kings Bromley.

Day 35 – Map

Day 35 – Timelapse Video

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One comment:

  1. The Coventry is a nice canal and is so all the way down…..from the canal even the worst parts of towns look good 🙂 Didn’t much like it as it ran roadside though especially along the A38. We found the guys at Fradley interesting when we went through early in the year they worked the locks intermittently then too….lunch time or not 🙁 it’s good to have blogs to read again 🙂 Happy cruising….hope pink piggy is enjoying himself:-)

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