Friday 22nd March
We stayed at Norbury Junction for about a week. Here we used the car for shopping, had some parcels delivered to our friends house and also decided to leave the car with them for a few weeks.
Norbury Junction was once the junction to the now disused canal to Newport and Shropshire, there is now a successful boat yard here.
We head southwards through the Shelmore Embankment, which caused Thomas Telford endless grief as the bank slipped and collapsed many time during its construction. by early 1834 it was the only section of the whole canal which wasn't completed. It wasn't until 1835, after 5.5 years of work and following the death of Thomas Telford that the embankment was completed.
Heading through Gnosall we pass through the short but interesting Cowley Tunnel, a mix of cuttings and embankments before mooring up near the little isolated village of Church Eaton for a few days. This is one of the longest trips we've done for some time.
Monday 25th March
We leave Church Eaton at around 0915 and head south to Brewood, its a cold and windy start but soon the sun shines for us and once again we are rewarded with some fine views. We pass through Wheaton Aston where we use the services and encounter our first lock for 17 miles and find a lovely little mooring in Brewood.