Friday, 3 August 2012

The Big One (17-2)

Friday 3rd of August 2012

Norbury Junction to Market Drayton

Almost clear skies first thing. Only a little rain fell over night. The first boats along the canal passed us just after six am. So that had us up earlier than normal. The forecast for today bodes well and so we went for it. 

We were under-way by 9am. Soon afterwards we reached Grub Street Cutting we passed under High Bridge with the weird telegraph pole in the middle. It was very dark inside the cutting with the tree cover almost bank to bank. There were also a number of landslips and in one place the canal is almost blocked.

There were few other boats encountered along the way.  The ones that we did meet were just at the start and end of the narrow section at Woodseaves Cutting. Plus we met a boat coming up in each lock on the Tyrley five flight. 

Market Drayton is considered to be the "Home of Gingerbread" or so it says on a noticeboard on the canal. The first recorded mention is Roland Lateward who was a maltster, who was baking gingerbread in Market Drayton in1793.

We stopped on the 48 hour visitor moorings just before the bridge. However we were unable to get a TV picture. So we moved further down the visitor moorings and we are now tied up opposite the mooring pontoons. The picture is great!

Wildlife: A pair of Buzzards spotted from the visitor moorings at Market Drayton.

Daily Total
Miles: 11.0
Locks: 5
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 5.0

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 1038.5
Locks: 753
Swing / Lift Bridges: 119
Tunnels. 19
Pump Outs: 12
Engine Hours: 2312.3


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