Saturday, 20 September 2014

Coventry Canal to Fazely Junction Sept 2014

Our Summer Cruise 2014

Day 87 Atherstone north to Peel Wharf at Fazeley
              9 miles and 8 locks

We followed a number of boats all heading north and had a bit of a queue to take our turn descending. Once into open countryside, we enjoyed a steady cruise - mostly rural with a few towns until Tamworth. After helping a single-handed boater down at Glascote, we headed for Fazeley and got a good mooring just beyond Peel wharf on shuttering. Good TV  and mobile/dongle as well.

Chris bringing the boat down the Atherstone flight

I think this is the bottom lock - No.11

We passed this Fellows, Morton and Clayton 1927 Yarwoods Motor at Grendon Dock

Also, butty 'Northolt' - built for GUCCC. It was renamed Sunny Valley to appear in the 1944 film” Painted Boats” and subsequently retained the name for a while before changing back to it's original name under South Midland Limited colours

The canal was right up to the weir level - here on a long spill weir near Polesworth

Have you seen the trees are full of berries this year - are we due a harsh winter?!

Fazeley Junction - looking up towards Birmingham

The canal company house overlooks the junction

The modern version of the canal company buildings - here is Peel Wharf, the CRT Offices

A good mooring spot opposite newish apartments - we have noticed a lot of newer housing since our last cruise here in 2004

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