When Keith visited Crick this year he made enquiries about the moorings at Ashwood Marina on the Staffs & Worcs so when we passed today we dropped in to make an inspection. A delightful rural setting at a site that you have to either reverse into or out of. They are fully booked at the mo but they took our details if a slot becomes available. We shall see.
We passed some very delightful canalside gardens before we stopped for lunch at Kinver.
Nice to see you
Our namesake at Kinver Lock
Even the cat found it too hot!
A typical bywash on the S&W Canal
One of the caves at Kinver
Come on in me dear
Even the houses are partially made from the red sandstone
Kinver church on the hilltop
So it was on to Wolverley for the night where we always moor up at the very end of the visitors' moorings. We have never seen it so empty with only two other boats moored.
We usually like to eat in the Lock that is beside the lock but it was too hot to go inside and the paying gongoozelers were plonked into the car park whilst the outside dining are was being revamped. Bad timing me thinks. So it was off into the village to dine in the Queens Head garden. We had to wait a while for our food but the scallops and sea bass were wonderful.
We have decided to make the M5 journey back to Bristol on Sunday morning as the schools have broken up in the Midlands today and we didn't fancy sitting in a linear car park for hours with the Birmingham holidaymakers! So back to the boat for some chilled white wine and some local cheese.