Hockley Heath to Great Haywood

Hockley Heath on the Stratford Canal to Great Haywood on the Trent and Mersey Canal. March 2008

Clearing the prop of fishing line, plastic packaging material and general rubbish through the weed hatch in Gas Street Basin – Birmingham. 

Jan at the helm ready to set off from Birmingham City Centre. 

About to go under the Birmingham New Main Line Canal and the M5. Transport routes separated by 150 years. 

Our tiller pin – a swallow on the wing. 

Safely moored up at The Black Country Living Museum, Dudley after running before a huge storm that swept across the Midlands and which threatened our trip. 

This boat was stuck across the canal having broken its mooring in the storm. We came through a bridge with a sharp bend immediately after and got stuck on the far bank. Fortunately, a DHL van driver stopped for his lunch nearby, saw our predicament and helped us.

Jan emerging from Tixall lock on the Staffs & Worcs. It didn’t stop raining for 4 days and was the start of our bad luck with weather. 

Moored up at Great Haywood.

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