|This time I spot we are about to lose a chimney, and David has rescued it.|
When in Birmingham, and planning to leave through the many locks in the Farmers Bridge & Aston flights, and move on to a lot more on the Birmingham and Fazeley there is a good bit of advice that we usually fail to take good notice of - that advice is "Leave early!".
|Sadly several people were sleeping rough in this part of Farmer's Bridge|
|This family had spent the night aground in the middle one of the Aston pounds.|
Aston locks, however, the next flight, were not so favourable, and it is unusual to arrive at a top lock where paddles are open at both ends. In fact it wasn't an act of vandalism, it was Canal and River Trust men running water into the flight to deal with low water levels in pounds lower down.
|Curious factory straddling the B&F we now know to have been "The Birlec"|
|Bricked up entrance under "The Birlec" - Did they unload here?|
|Pausing for an obstruction in Curdworth tunnel|
|What is the betting it floated straight back in after we got through?|
|First lock at Curdworth is a new one replacing one lost during road construction.|
|Hire boating about 1971 - the now lost lock replaced by the one above.|
|The Curdworth locks are pleasant and easy to work.|
By sheer coincidence we did a near exact trip out of Birmingham on exactly the same calendar day last year. - Blog post 22nd August 2012 Had we gone one more lock today, I could simply have copied trip details from last year, but today we decided to have a"short" day, stopping after only 36 locks.
Birmingham to Bodymoor Heath, Curdworh
Miles: 13.4 (Chalice), Locks: 36
Total Miles: 328.9, Locks: 188