We started up the Astwood locks just after 8:00 and stopped just past bridge 41 at 9:30. We wanted to check to see if there were spaces available at The Queens Head moorings and if we could stay there for 48 hours. Yes to both and only two boats had passed us both aiming for the Tardebigge Top Lock. We started up the Stoke locks at 10:30 and after the first two met up with three volunteers who helped us up the remainder. By 12:15 we were moored just before the Bottom Lock of the Tardebigge Flight.
We enjoyed the two for one Pizza offer of at the Queens Head and had a nice relaxing lunch.
We had a gentle stroll along the tow path and were surprised to find all the locks empty. Two more boats came down later but we only saw one go up and that was around 17:00. Lucky chap.
During our walk we took a detour from the tow path and met up with a local farmer who kindly gave Peter permission to use his field, marked with a “NO PUBLIC ACCESS” sign as a drone-adrome. It just goes to show if you’re polite, friendly and a bit cheeky people are often very accommodating. The farmer also pointed out that he had smeared the top two rails of his gates with grease to stop intruders. Newspaper wrapping worked well as an antidote.
Peter walked back to the “flying field” at about 18:00 and took a few aerial pictures of the canal. Warnings of high levels of radio interference, from the drone software were not too unexpected given the array of large masts in the area.
Not the most spectacular pictures and the sky was a dull grey but with tomorrow promising rain they’ll have to do for now.