It was such a beautiful morning that we decided to set off at 9.00 which is unheard of for us. In fact, it's been such a lovely day for cruising that we carried on and did 7 ½ hours, not including stops for water and lunch.
There’s been plenty of interesting things to see today. At Hyde Lock the lock cottage has a lovely garden with gates styled like lock gates.
Many of the lock cottages have beautiful gardens. These dahlias were just past their best but still lovely.
Instead of a bye-wash, several locks on this section of the Staffs & Worcester have circular weirs to take the excess water down past the lock.
|They're empty while the lock is filling|
|and running again when the lock is full|
|inside Botterham bottom lock|
|in Bratch Bottom Lock|
|looking back from Bratch Top Lock|
We’re moored opposite the cricket ground behind “Clarence Elizabeth” who moored behind us in Stourport Basin.