Friday 10 April

Last night we visited the Boat & Railway at Stoke Works. From the towpath this pub hadn’t looked too promising but once inside we were tempted into staying to eat and this was a good decision as the food was lovely.

This morning we decided to move the 1.5 miles and six locks to the bottom of the Tardebigge flight of locks where there is easy access to the Avoncroft Historic Buildings Museum which we plan to visit over the weekend.

The locks along the Worcester & Birmingham canal are all quite deep and as a result have larger than average paddle gear that help quicken passage through them.

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In the sunshine, this afternoon, we strolled the 2.5 miles along the tow path and past the 30 locks that comprise the Tardebigge flight to Tardebigge Wharf before heading back.

There are some lovely cottages along the way and they appear to struggle getting any kind of signal here as there are some very elaborate aerial masts attached to some of them, and one of them even uses a crane to anchor the mast.

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The soft drink/ice-cream suppliers are missing a business opportunity in this weather as there are many hot and bothered crew members here seeking refreshment after working all those locks, as well as many dry-throated strollers!

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