|Disused industrial buildings on Stourbridge 16|
|Plenty of ex working boats at Dadfords Wharf in the 16.|
|Not only a pub, but also general stores and dock, according to sign.|
|View down the 16 with glass cone in distance|
|Approaching the second lock up at Delph, famous for its waterfalls.|
|Odin likes to ride shotgun, (at the Delph).|
|Looking down the Delph - once it was coal pits at the bottom, not housing estates.|
|At the Delph, again|
|Blowers Green pump house and lock.|
Passing the Merryhill area where we might have spent last night, we were most glad we didn't!
Our final lock at Blowers Green is the deepest on the Birmingham canals I think, (in this case because two locks were replaced by a deep single one). Here we passed the first boat we had seen all day coming the other way - even in August these canals are only very lightly used.
At Windmill End Cath executed the turn towards Gosty Hill, Coombeswood, and Hawne Basin, where the Coombeswood Canal Trust had said we could borrow a mooring for the night. We were told thi canal would have some rubbish in it, and we might get some fouling of the propeller, but in reality it wasn't bad at all.
|David's panorama shot of Windmill End, just before we turned under the bridge on the right.|
|Entering Gosty Hill Tunnel|
|Approaching a dramatic reduction in headroom.|
|Looking back as we leave first low section - I'm there somewhere!|
|Next (and final) low section approaching.|
|Getting to the end|
|That was unexpectedly tight!|
|Little more than this remains of Stewarts and LLoyds tube works.|
|The colours are similar to those used on their boats.|
|He ran around too fast for a good photo!|
But back to where I started...... The bouts of heavy rain that the BBC threatened us with never really got going - a few showers, yes, but nothing more really. And CanalPlanAC, set to our usual "progress" settings had predicted approaching 9 hours for the trip, so we don't think we did bad in shaving it down to just 7 hours!
But this really is the end of any formal planning I had done, and right now I haven't a clue where tomorrow might take us, other than it will start with Gosty Hill tunnel again, and be followed by the very much longer, but far far more accommodating Netherton tunnel. I really must get a map out after this!
Stourbridge to Hawne Basin, (Current end of Dudley No 2 Canal)
Miles: 12.7 (Chalice), Locks:25
Total Miles: 259.5, Locks: 132