We left The Black Country Museum moorings late on Thursday afternoon and took a short journey to Wolverhampton ready for the 21 lock flight today.
Not 'The War of the Worlds' but Chillington Wharf
We arrived around 7pm Thursday evening - unfortunately we hadn't checked out supermarkets close to the previous mooring (thanks for the message Derek and Dot - we only got it today) and there was little to be found in the way of provisions in the city centre . There were many scantily clad youths once again, rubbish everywhere and an abundance of 'fast food' places, so I just picked up some essential milk and a meal of chicken, chips and curry sauce! We moored opposite the BW facilities as there was no towpath access there - for some reason we didn't feel terribly 'safe' overnight!
Moved a little further in the morning to have a wander around Wolverhampton
In the daylight Wolverhampton didn't seem quite so threatening and we moved a little way down so that we could take a walk into town and were pleasantly surprised by the centre with a different mix of people ...
Then it was on to the 21 locks - all in excellent condition and in the process of being painted by a group of jolly chaps who opened a couple of them up for us which increased our speed somewhat!
Sandra rests while the top lock empties - on a glorious sunny, summer's day
At one of the locks - the gate wouldn't shut and Barry retrieved this old gate paddle from the canal which had been blocking it!
Lots of locks with bridges crossing the canal ...
We found a great spot to moor up close to 'The Fox and Anchor ' pub at Coven - and there we discovered one of the two 'Cheese Boats' on the canals, with Helen and Dave on board. After a free tasting session, and as cheese and biscuits was on the shopping list, we couldn't resist buying 3 delicious cheeses for 10 pounds, a couple of boxes of crackers and a jar of pickle - that wasn't on the list!
Helen's persuasive powers at work from 'The Cheese Boat'
We're off on the bus and trains tomorrow to visit Lisa and Rob in Malpas, Cheshire for the day. Then on Sunday we're having another day out with Andy and Belle on 'Wand'ring Bark'. What an exciting weekend with family and friends we have ahead ...