Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Onwards – in a southerly direction!

Summer Cruise 2013 – Sun 9th June
Day 5: 15 miles, 1 lock and a tunnel

We had decided to cruise today – firstly I needed to re-connect the tunnel lamp wiring that had been cut during the welding work.
That done and a cooked brunch later, we set south enjoying the lovely weather again.

 Canal quiz question – where is this lovely house? Specially for Ann and Mike!
(Answer at end)

The canal cuts underneath this lump of sandstone – Gnossal Tunnel

An ornate bridge – No.22

Intricate brickwork

The sun filters through the trees in Ryehill Cutting

Stretton Aqueduct over …

The A5 - both built by the amazing Telford

Another 'posh' bridge – this one called the Avenue Bridge, up to Chillington Hall, dated from 1724

We had heard it was the air show day at nearby RAF Cosford.
Imagine seeing this Blenheim bomber fly past. The pic doesn't really do it justice.

And then – the Vulcan – I think the last flying one left and to be de-commissioned in 2014?
Truly awesome!

We arrived at Autherley Junction and moored below the stop lock around 6.30pm.
This is one end of the Shropshire Union Canal (actually the beginning) though the end of our time on the 'Shroppie' for a few weeks.

Another lovely day!

[Answer to quiz – the house by Bridge No. 35, the Newport Road in Gnossal]

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