Sunday, 29 July 2012

A Desolate Wilderness

I grew up in Staffordshire, and never liked the place.

To be fair, this is probably because I travelled into Stoke-on-Trent for school and social life - which is like going to Milton Keynes for its history or visiting London for a bit of peace & quiet.

But travelling through Staffs by narrowboat was surprisingly pleasant.

Mainly, this is because we were on the very pretty Eastern end of the Trent & Mersey, and turned onto the Coventry Canal before approaching Stafford. This is something I strongly recommend.

The village of Alrewas is well worth a stop - but to stand a chance of getting a mooring you need to arrive early. We were lucky yesterday, and settled in for some excellent fish & chips.

The countryside here is progressively busier, but still pleasantly rural with an increasing number of leisure facilities as we get nearer to the bright lights of the big cities.

This afternoon we crept in as far as Kinsbury Water Park before tying up in a very peaceful location. Tomorrow, we have the 38 lock climb to the centre of Birmingham.

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