It was a beautiful morning with the sun shining brightly as we made our way back along the town arm to Wordsley Junction and the Stourbridge 16 (locks).
lovely autumn colours and reflections again
about halfway up the first flight of 16 locks
At the top the Stourbridge locks, before turning to Brierley Hill, we went along the Fens branch (because you can) and its on the map, it was again pretty and we saw a kingfisher, but couldn't snap it. We also couldn't turn around at the very end so had to reverse back then carried
on to Delph locks.
bottom of Delph locks
looking back down the locks
As we approached Delph the weather suddenly changed, it clouded over, the wind turned chilly and it started to rain.
Nevertheless we carried on, not sure which areas are safe round here.
At Blowers Green junction we decided not to go up the 3 locks to Dudley tunnel as it was still quite wet and cold, but we did walk up......
the approach to the tunnel
The Dudley tunnel can be navigated by arrrangement with the Dudley Canals Trust. No engines are allowed so you have to leg it or be towed by electric tug. Headroom is just 1.89metres. We shall go through to the Birmingham Main Line via Netherton tunnel.
We got to Hawne Basin at 4.45pm so it was quite dark, but we were helped to a free mooring space for the night.
11 miles, 25 locks, 1 tunnel