We left our mooring at 10am and heading to the Edstone Aqueduct. Maggie and Richard were amazed at how the canal goes went over a road, railway and river in such a small trough. It didn’t seem long before we started the real descent into Stratford at Wilmcote. Maggie decided it was time that she learnt how to operate the locks – it had been lovely having her to talk to while I steered the locks but really was time for her to earn her keep! However she did find the paddles much too stiff to do but could manage to push the gates. We encountered a volunteer lockie on the Wilmcote flight and we were soon flying down the locks (not literally!) with four people on the ground.
Wednesday dawned bright and sunny with the solar panels were charging at 11 amps and Richard was a happy bunny! We decided to give the open top bus tour a try and really enjoyed it. We hopped off at Anne Hathaway’s cottage to have a coffee then continued back into Stratford where we hopped off again to buy Muffin a new harness as he had chewed through another one yesterday. Next to the retail park was a Tesco so we stocked up on beer and wine (I think someone has been on board and raided us as the stocks have depleted rather rapidly). We walked back to the boat and had a very late lunch. M and R decided to do the bus tour again and stop at Mary Arden’s house – they returned about 6pm. Meanwhile Richard and I vegged out! We then left Bancroft Basin and went down onto the river and moored up.
Below Preston Bagot Bottom Lock to Bancroft Basin