Sunday, 29 June 2014

Wilmcote -Closer to Stratford June 2014

Our Summer Cruise 2014 - Day 19
Completed 5 miles and 12 locks

After sorting our services at the Anglo-Welsh Base at Wootton Wawen Basin, we headed south-east, ever closer to Stratford.
After the Bearley Lock No.39, we approached the amazing Edstone (or Bearley) Aqueduct.
At 230m long, constructed of cast iron, you look over the edge down to the road, fields and the railway!

Looking back

Looking over

Looking down! Right over the cast iron edge and the 28 foot drop.
Engineered by William Whitmore, it is the 2nd longest aqueduct in England

This unusual house intrigues me? Still not quite finished?

This photo shows the top of the lower gate paddle that lets the water out

A view down the Wilmcote Flight of Locks towards Stratford

The boat emerging from a lock with the by-weir cascade

Passing another boat in a short pound

A lock-wheeler happy in his work!

Being passed by a steam powered BCN Tug
Tug 'Lapander' glides past
We have being sharing our route to Stratford with this very fine Hudson Trad 'Eclipse No.2', with Mike at the helm

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