Leaving Birmingham on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal
The Cadbury factory at Bournville, built in 1879
We head towards Worcester at Kings Norton Junction
Wast Hill Tunnel, 2726 yards long taking an hour to get through
Shortwood Tunnel, 613 yards
Tardebigge Tunnel, 580 yards
Tardebigge flight, 1 to 30 locks
Early morning mist as we start the flight
Moving immediately on to Stoke flight, 1to 6 locks
Then straight on to Astwood flight, 1 – 6 locks
Turning on to the newly restored Droitwich Canal
The first two locks on the Droitwich are manned, the side pound paddles are opened first
There was not much water showing and we did meet a boat coming towards us. Luckily it was on a small section.
Staircase lock, dropping on to the River Salwarpe
Approaching the very low tunnel under the M5
We were touching the profile, but looked as though we could just squeeze through. I didn’t fancy having to reverse all the way back up the last lock to turn.
The locks are now all broad all the way down to the Severn. Swing bridge to open before entering lock !
Secure moorings in Vine Park basin in the centre of Droitwich.
A very busy day, 50 locks and 4 swing bridges