Ten Bob Note


Monday 7th July 2008

Location: Wilmcote, Warwickshire, Stratford Canal

Today: 4 miles, 1 locks. Total distance: 1503 miles.  Total locks: 1072

Weather forecast for today is not great so we couldn’t make up our minds if we should move or stay put for the day.

Walked into Wooton Wawen village with the dogs to pick up the papers then had a cup of coffee. No rain so far so we decided to move on to Wilmcote as it is only a short distance away.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is looking good so we will probably get the train into Stratford for a look around the town.

We just about decided that we are not going to bother with the Avon and the Severn as we are not all that fond of rivers due to their tendency to flood and also the lack of moorings. After we have had a look at Stratford we will probably head back up the canal towards Birmingham.

A few boats have come up from Stratford and advised us that moorings are not great and that there is a lot of building work going on in the basin – this has also helped with our decision to give the rivers a miss. We also don’t fancy dropping down through the 17 locks between Wilmcote and Stratford just to turn around and come back up them all again.

We walked into the village and got soaked by a heavy thunder shower that came out of nowhere. Doesn’t entice us into a 70 mile trip on the rivers – not with our luck with rivers!! Wednesday is forecast to be a very wet day in the west - not good for the Severn.

There is a shop in the village that doubles as a Post Office. Sells the usual bread, milk, papers etc.

Walked past Palmer’s Farm (photo below), it used to be called Mary Arden’s cottage but it was later discovered that Mary Arden’s cottage is the smaller place next door.

By the time we got back to the boat all of the moorings had been taken as everyone was stopping to get out of the rain.

Current Mooring

Palmer's Farm - Wilmcote

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