Douglas Diary Spring Holidays
Kingswood Junction to Catherine-de-Barnes.
We were all very happy with our efforts on our busy day yesterday, I was quite exhausted helping my long haired one through all those locks I can tell you, I must have walked for many more miles than they did as I was so busy smelling and investigating as my kind are wont to do out there for four hours meeting chums and getting admired and everything.
Anyway after a rest at the top of the Hatton Flight we moved on and went through a 443 yard tunnel underneath the village of Shrewley I don’t really like tunnels that much but this wasn’t very long, i only had my tail between my legs for about ten minutes. We never saw Shrewley.
We found a pleasant quiet mooring just short of Kingswood Junction for the night. My reader may notice on the map I sent a few days ago, that we are just turning north now after a long westerly run. We have a choice at this junction, to visit Stratford or even to enter the city of Birmingham, to the centre and Gas Street where we went last year, you will recall but, we have decided to stay with our planned route through to Catherine-de-Barnes where we will moor for tonight. First we have to climb just 5 locks, this is no problem for me or my long haired one after yesterday!
This is likely to be the last quiet countryside stopover before we enter the suburbs of Solihull and Birmingham, here the Grand Union Canal plays hopscotch with Warwickshire and the West Midlands. More of this urban landscape tomorrow.
As we arrived at the village of Catherine de Barnes we heard that unmistakable sound to any Englishman of leather on willow as we passed the village cricket ground, it meant nothing to me, I am a Spanish dog. See my picture today.
Love Douglas x