This morning we headed through the Netherton tunnel, we have seen very few boats on the Stourbridge and Dudley canals so where did we meet one? Halfway through the Netherton tunnel! It is a nice wide tunnel but it is always nicer to go through tunnels without meeting on coming traffic. Once through the tunnel it was onto the mainline, into Gas Street Basin and onto the Worcester and Birmingham, all of which we did in the opposite direction last summer.
The canalscape around Birmingham is full of contrasts, the remnants of Birmingham's industrial past and the heyday of the canals set against the modern development of central Birmingham.
|The junction with the Wednesbury Old Canal|
Approaching the motorway bridge
The centre of Birmingham looms
The bulk of the ultra modern 'Cube' dwarfs the canal below
Just past Bournville at Kings Norton a left turn took us onto the Stratford Canal through the disused guillotine stop lock.
We continued, pausing only to stop the traffic at Shirley Drawbridge, until we reached Earlswood where we are meeting the Hobbins' on Thursday.
Today's journey 21.9 miles, 1 lift bridge and 5 tunnels
So far this year we have travelled 321 miles, 228 locks, 32 lift bridges and 12 tunnels
Since Ray retired we have travelled 1056.7 miles, 873 locks, 55 swing bridges, 36 lift bridges and 37 tunnels