17th February 2020
We leave our remote mooring at the top of Wood End Lock following Storm Dennis and make our way through the last of the wooded heathland before arriving at the busy Fradley Junction. As it’s winter time the usual Gongoozlers are nowhere to be seen as we quietly pass one the most photographed pubs on the canal network. Here we take a sharp right turn onto the Coventry Canal where we negotiate a fallen tree and a swing bridge.
We stay at Fradley Junction for 5 days and manage to catch up with our friends Neil and Lynsey who own a Bickerstaffe boat called Little Miss Sunshine, we had a meal at the The Swan, locally known as the Mucky duck. We can highly recommend the homemade pie, it was delicious.
Pat had ordered a couple of bits of off Ebay and we had them delivered to the local post office at Fradley under the Click and Collect System, we also take a walk to the local Co-op store to top up with some provisions.
22nd February 2020
The morning dawned bright and sunny although it was still quite windy, we had planned to leave as the weather forecast had predicted a rare dry day but we were unsure because of the high winds. However after much indecision we finally decided to move, we back up to the water point and fill up with water before leaving, we were aiming to reach Huddlesford Junction but we don't quite make it. As we cruise past Kings Orchard Marina we are forced to stop due to the high winds. A fuel boat passes us on the way and we take the opportunity to fill up with some essential fuels, we pass a man struggling to save his boat from sinking, we offer assistance but there wasn't much that we could do. The busy A38 runs adjacent to the canal for a while.