We are back in Alrewas, moored in exactly the same place that we were in last October (coincidentally the only vacant spot in the 14 days moorings just as it was last time) and moored next to the same boat as well.

It’s been a bright, sunny day, but what a wind! Alan reckons that it’s the windiest day that we have ever encountered. I’m not sure about that: I can remember some very windy adventures, but it’s certainly up high in the leader board. We certainly wouldn’t normally have travelled a five hour day under these conditions but we were looking forward to getting to Alrewas and it probably gets very busy here at weekends at this time of the year.

We were rather pleased to leave the heavy goods railway line behind not far past Willington, though I have to say it wasn’t as sleep disturbing as we had feared. However as the train track passes behind the gravel pits the A38 comes close. It’s a very busy road with lots of large trucks so all in all this isn’t the most exciting stretch of waterway though there is an aqueduct over a pretty stretch of the River Dove.

We went straight through Burton, past a glorious array of daffodils at Shobnall Fields and through a strong brewing aroma from Marstons. (We had done the brewery visit last time we were in Burton). As we went on through Branston the wind strengthened and the hire boat exiting Tatenhill Lock in front of us had a dreadful time getting off the side. When we left the lock Alan went straight off and picked me up at the next bridge. The river section between Wychnor and Alrewas wasn’t too bad but it took our combined efforts to get the boat off the lock mooring and into Alrewas Lock. So it was with a sigh of relief that we moored up at the end of a windswept day.

Today we did 12.27 Miles and 6 Locks

Statistics so far:-

2321.29 Miles, 1363 Locks, 128 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 39 Tunnels


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