We probably did too much today. We navigated the entire* length of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, getting to Sharpness at about 1830, having coped with wind and rain for much of the journey. Yes, we could have stopped, but I now have a schedule to get us to Ilkeston for the IWA gathering at the end of this month.
We did stop half way at Saul Junction for lunch and a walk down part of the Stroudwater Canal, taking in the marina and the Cotswold Canal Trust visitor centre on the way. Here is the crossroads: G&S canal running left to right (Gloucester to the left; Sharpness to the right), Stroudwater Canal running from behind (from Framilode) to in front (to the Thames (eventually, when restored)).
Approaching Sharpness we passed between the remains of the old railway bridge which crossed the river and canal. The portion over the canal was a swing bridge (naturally) - the circular stone support is on the right.
Tomorrow the plan is to stop at Purton to see the hulks, and I'd like to walk the other way along the Stroudwater Canal at Saul Junction.
*discounting Sharpness Dock. We weren't going to tackle the Severn Estuary.
Through Macclesfield - We had rain again last night and when we surfaced we gave Derwent6 a wash, well more like a leather off. We set off at 10.00am and could see the peaks in th...
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