Monday 28 September

Another foggy cold start so we donned fleeces and were underway by 9.30am. The washing machine was on again in the hope that the sun would show itself later.

We wended our way through Burton on Trent, and on past  Barton Turns Marina by which time the sun was shining and the fleeces had been swapped for sunglasses, and out onto the River Trent for about a mile before re-entering the canal. At Alrewas the warm sunshine had encouraged boaters to stop for lunch and quite a few were picnicking on the towpath.

We didn’t wish to stop and so carried on to Fradley where there was plenty of room to moor.

Entering our last lock of the day

Entering our last lock of the day

As it was such a nice day we treated ourselves to an ice-cream from the café opposite our mooring and tonight we’re treating ourselves to a meal at The Black Swan.   This is something we promised ourselves when we passed this way earlier this month.


Fradley in the late afternoon sunshine

We’ve done 25 miles and 15 locks since leaving Shardlow yesterday morning and we’ve just got 8 miles and 3 locks to do tomorrow before we catch a train to Chester on Wednesday.



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