Ten Bob Note  

Tuesday 10th July 2007

Location: Stoke Works, Worcs  N52:17:56 W2:04:42   

Today: 24 miles, 24 locks. Total distance: 209 miles.   Total locks: 170

Warm and some sunny spells.

A busy day today, lots of miles and lots of locks.

We got the go ahead from the lock keeper to leave the pontoon and travel to Worcester at 08:30.

We had a quick and very pleasant journey down to Worcester with the sat nav reporting up to 8 miles per hour in places with the engine revs at what would normally give a speed of 4 miles per hour.

We entered the bottom lock at Worcester and were informed by some people off boats waiting to get on to the Severn that the top gate of the next lock was padlocked closed to stop boats getting onto the river. We phoned Martin, the lock keeper from Lincomb and he told us he would make a few calls. Within 5 minutes, two BW staff turned up and opened the gates for us. As soon as we were through, the padlocked the gates again as the river was not officially open. All in all, Martin has been a fantastic help to us over the past couple of weeks and is a credit to his profession.

We pushed on the Worcester and back out into the country side where we came across some lovely scenery. We arrived at Stoke Works at around 18:00 and decided to eat out as we were both a bit on the tired side. A local recommended the carvery on offer at the Boat and Railway pub – all in all, a great recommendation as the food was lovely and reasonably priced.

The pontoon (right of photo) where we lived for 15 days

Aftermath of the flooding

House on the banks of the Severn

The Severn

Swans at Worcester



North of Worcester on the Worcester and Birmingham


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