Ryders Green locks aren't very pretty and awful black smelly stuff was dragged up from the bottom as each boat went through. The local scroats were on form and one lovely specimen spat down on Roger as he went under a bridge. I suppose that one incident in the week isn't too bad, we could have had a lot worse.
The boat convoy was helped up the lock flight by volunteers, Charley and John and once we were back on the Birmingham Main Line we split into 2 groups to minimise the queues at the next locks. One group went up Brades Locks and the others, us included, went up Factory Locks.
Can you see the gap below this bridge over Factory bottom lock? It's to let the towing rope attached to the horse through.
We're now all moored at Tipton and have been to the local library for a presentation about the history of Tipton's canals by the local history society. After I took tonight's mooring photo another boat arrived to moor against us so we're well packed in tonight.
We're now off to Mad O'Rourkes Pie Factory pub for dinner (and a pint or 2)