|There are excellent moorings in Droitwich.|
|We pass through one of the swing bridges in Droitwich.|
|Entering the culvert under the M5|
|It's nothing like as tight as Froghall Tunnel !|
However, after a number of swing bridges, one of the first things you encounter is the very restricted tunnel that allows the restored canal to pass under the M5 motorway. Apparently it was a major coup that when it was first constructed, they were persuaded to make it big enough for boats, (just!), but it is not overly generous. Even in our shallow draughted boat there did not seem to be much depth of water either, and I can well believe reports of more deeply draughted boats getting grounded in it - based on experiences with Chalice, I'd not be too keen to try with Sickle!
|View from the bottom of the new staircase lock|
One of the locks is a two lock staircase, and as we arrived there a hire boat had become firmly jammed as it was completing its ascent of the bottom chamber. A lot of brute force was being used to "unstick" it. I arrived too late to be certain, but the cause seemed to be it had jammed under a ledge above a weir at the side of the lock. Initially this didn't seem likely, but when we subseqiuently ascended the lock, we could see we could ourselves have got jammed, with the boat at a slight angle across the lock. We later made a BW lock-keeper aware of this problem, and he promised to check it out.
|David puts the side ponds to good use.|
We would endorse what we have read elsewhere - the prettiest its of these canals are on the Droitwich Barge Canal, with its reed lined channels and attractive bridges. The Droitwich Junction Canal is full of interesting features, but less picturesque.
|Early in the long ascent on the Worcester & Birmingham.|
|Climbing the 30 Tardebigge locks.|
|Some very serious radio amateurs live up this flight of locks!|
|This party of youngsters asked lots of questions!|
|Getting towards the top of the flight.|
|Dave and Jan follow us up the final locks.|
Miles: 8.0, Locks: 48
Total Miles: 302.2, Total Locks: 273