23rd Feb 2020
After a last minute decision to cruise, ( as it was raining and windy in the morning (what a surprise)), we leave our mooring outside Kings Orchard Marina and head in a southerly direction on the look out for a pub for Sunday Lunch and somewhere to get a delivery of groceries. We were going to visit the Plough Inn at Huddlesford but we were unable to moor up in a convenient mooring to get a shopping delivery, so we plough on.
We pass through the village of Whittington and onto the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. There is some open countryside here before we are engulfed by Hopwas Hays Woods, there is a Military Firing Range and landing is forbidden followed by Hopwas Village where the River Tame follows the course of the canal. We moor outside the Tame Otter for Sunday Lunch and pick up some groceries the following day. However unbeknown to us the pub was due to close for refurbishment the following day and they closed the car park off. We were worried as to how the delivery man was going to get in to deliver the shopping. Anyhow he did manage, but was reprimanded by the site manager! (oops).
24th Feb 2020
That afternoon we take a short cruise through some open farmland to moor between two busy roads for a few days to visit the retail park nearby as Pat had ordered a few items from Ebay and they delivered to the local Argos shop on the retail park.
1st March 2020
When we leave we cruise towards Fazeley Junction and pass Peel Wharf, surrounded by new dwellings. The previous day while out walking I discovered that the boaters facilities at Peel Wharf which are advertised in the Nicholsons guide was no longer open. As I was unable to read the signs from the tow path, I Googled the services and found out that they had been closed for the past 18 months, but CRT had an arrangement with Fazeley Mill Marina to use their services. Before continuing on the Coventry Canal we make a sharp right turn on to the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal to visit the services at Fazeley Mill Marina. Here we met Alan from NB Georgia, who is one of our viewers. Watch out for the lovely old mills on the canal junction making it a centre of industry until the mid 19th century.
We return to the Coventry Canal and moor just past Bridge 76.