On Sunday this meant a longer day than we usually do these days to reach Catherine de Barnes:
|Garrison Locks are not pretty with empty factories and warehouses alongside|
|Unusually the inflow in the Garrison Locks comes in both at the bow (as is usual) and at the stern (see picture).|
|Once up the 5 Garrison Locks we came to Bordesley Junction where we turned left to reach the bottom of the 6 Camp Hill Locks. Lots of graffiti and not a place to spend the night.|
|Above the locks the canal passes through long cuttings, like a tunnel of trees|
|Summer is here and we've seen quite a few orange tip butterflies, like this one on some bluebells|
On Monday we moved on just a short way to Knowle. Although Knowle is a suburb of Birmingham we thought it was a lovely village:
|Knowle Church is interesting and has two of these 15th century 'dug out' chests made of oak.|
|Next to the church is this fine half timbered Guild House|
|Knowle Library is in a medieval building too and round the back is this excellent knot garden of miniature box hedges|
|Knowle has some fine cottages, like this one with wisteria and neat hedges|
|Here we are going into the second lock|
|This picture is looking back from the bottom of the locks|
|Baddesley Clinton is a moated manor house and, in the central courtyard, has a splendid wisteria.|
|Here is the house sitting in the moat.|
Several trees by a path in the estate have been carved into animals. We particularly liked the rabbit shown here.
|Footbridges on the Stratford were built with a gap in the middle as shown here. This is to allow a horse drawn boat to pass the tow rope through the gap so that there is no need to detach the rope as the boat goes under the bridge.|
|Two ducks seem to regard Lock 29 as their own and patrolled up and down while we descended the lock. Though they looked as if they were going to leap onto the boat they did finally let us go unmolested!|
Today (Thursday) we have come down another 8 locks to the strange sounding place 'Wootton Wawen'. Just how do you pronounce this without sounding like an upper class twit?
|Our first lock of the day was Lock 31 at Lowsonford. With the sun today it looked wonderful.|
|The 'barrel roofed' houses along this canal are characteristic of the Stratford. This one by Lock 31 is owned by the Landmark Trust, so you can stay there. The present visitors are walking the canals round here.|
|Just before Lock 34 is Yarningale Aqueduct over a small stream. This is the first of three iron trough aqueducts on the Stratford. They each have the towpath at a low level giving a very curious view of passing boats.|
Tomorrow we may well stay where we are and finish beautifying the starboard side of Leo before exploring more of the area where we are moored. So it looks as if it will be the weekend before we arrive in Stratford.