On Tuesday (August 23rd) we left Wilmcote under cloudy skies. Rain had been forecast and it duly arrived about half an hour after we left. However, it was short lived and we were soon cruising under clear blue skies. The rest of the day was, in fact, delightful both in terms of weather and cruising.

Getting through a narrow Strafford Canal Bridge

The section of canal between Wilmcote and Kingswood is charming. The first notable feature we reached was the Edstone Aqueduct. Taking our cue from Mary on NB Penny, Maggie went down onto the lane below the aqueduct and photographed Albert crossing above. It is not often you find a suitable location for doing this.

Crossing the Edstone Aqueduct

Wootton Wawen Aqueduct

Preston Bagot

We passed numerous barrel-roofed cottages and crossed the very short cast iron aqueduct at Yarningale. It has everything the Pontcyslltte has – only in miniature!

Yarningale Aqueduct

There were a group of friendly geese occupying the side of Lock 27.

For the last few locks were accompanied by a very friendly family who were investigating the local towpaths. The three young boys helped with all the gates and asked a lot of questions. As we were leading our pair of boats we arrived at Kingswood first, we took on water and waited for NB Penny to arrive. The weather being just perfect we had a welcome cup of tea.

Kingswood Link

We turned down the Grand Union and moored up on the Rowington Embankment. The views over the rolling countryside in the evening sunshine were delightful. As we settled down for the night we heard and saw a barn owl.