Monday, 28 May 2012

We returned to the boat on Sunday afternoon and travelled a whopping 1 mile to Catherine De Barnes.
Staying overnight, we made an early start, as we wanted to clear Birmingham in one day.
We set off at 7.45am. Travelled through Birmingham on the Grand Union Canal, joining the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal at Salford Junction, and stopped at Curdworh. A total of 16.58 miles including 14 locks and stopping for water. Total time taken 9 hours 49 minutes.
We knew it would be our busiest day of our trip. But what we hadn't expected was the state of the canals through Birmingham. They were disgusting. We had to stop three times to free up our propellor which had become tangled with various debris. We had to clear empty bottles and pieces of wood before we could open lock gates fully
On a good note, the trip in and out of Birmingham was very scienic as shown below

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