Fazely junction was interesting.......mainly because I made a right Pigs Ear of the turn. In my defence it is a very tight turn the way we were going, from the Coventry to the Birmimgham & Fazeley......nevertheless......I ended up broadside across the canal and stuck. Inevitably there was a hire boat coming from the other direction wanting to go from whence we had come. With the rudder jammed securely I had to resort to the bow thrusters, which eventually allowed me to redeem the situation. C'est la vie.....
Once on the Birmingham & Fazeley we saw very few boats. Passing Drayton Narrow Boat Hire just after the junction a lot of their boats were sitting idle......we have seen this in other places we have passed ..............obviously not a good year for the hire companies.
|Going up the Curdworth locks|
|Such a patient Geffie|
|It's hard to believe that this very rural climb up the 11 locks at Curdworth are in fact only a stones throw from the M42|
The moorings were perfectly adequate and a sort of light oasis after the gloom of Curdworth tunnel. However exploring later if we had gone on two more bridges we could have had a much better mooring overlooking open green fields....but by then we could not be bothered to move.
There was a small store just by the bridge and a pub which Geoff reported looked quite reasonable, although we did not try it.
Total distance:7.35 miles
Average speed:1.44 mph (3.58 lock/mph)