|Secure mooring at Lane Head, but with immediate access to pub!|
I had been meaning to check the diesel tank for some days, but had given it no urgency, believing we would still have plenty. It came as a bit of a shock to find we had far less than I imagined! Fortunately there was a garage very nearby, and they could sell me a can, as well as the Diesel, but only a 5 litre one. I made three round trips whilst the man at the garage looked suitably confused, even though I tried to explain what I was up to.
|A very confusing 360 degree panorama by David - the cast iron bridge we are heading for, the brick one is on the Cannock Extension Canal to Norton Canes|
The Wyrley and Essington canal is nick-names the "Curley Wyrley" because of its long deviating path it makes around the North of Birmingham following the contours of the land on a route free of locks. At its Northen-most parts, around places like Pelsall & Brownhills it becomes very rural and very attractive, and quite different from how many probably perceive many of the Birmingham Canal Navigations.
|Ogley Junction on the way to Anglesey|
|Tied up in the feeder at Anglesey Basin.|
A quick "scoot" up to the reservoir convinced us that this was not somewhere to whip in and out of, and we must stay overnight, (athough there were some reservations about the waterfall immediately behind the boat, and whether it might disturb sleep!)
|Odin regularly takes on bigger "sticks" than is entirely sensible!|
|Harris Hawk and trainer.|
|A very handsome bird.|
|Just getting used to the idea|
|"Splashy Cannonball" dive for a stick|
|Fully confident after probably less than a minute's practice|
Anglesey Basin has to be one of our most unusual overnight moorings, and is recommended as well worth a visit. But please no more than one boat at a time, in case we want to go there again!
Lane Head to Anglesey Basin
Miles: 13.3 (Chalice), Locks:0
Total Miles: 289.4, Locks: 135