Great Haywood junction

We were last here on the 4th of March, and didn’t think we would be back here so soon. It’s only a short stretch on the T&M until we get to Fradley junction and the Coventry canal, where we will be turning. Today is my 61st birthday so forgive me if there are any spelling mistakes, but we have shared a bottle of my favourite wine in celebration, accompanying home cooked fish and chips (I forgot to add the veg even before the wine came out!).

A narrow stretch on the Staffs and Worcs with overgrown reeds. There are many stretches like this along the way. Why is it we always meet boats coming the other way!!

A narrow stretch on the Staffs and Worcs with overgrown reeds. There are many stretches like this along the way. Why is it we always meet boats coming the other way!!

We set off from Acton Trussell reasonably early, and decided we wouldn’t stop and visit Stafford after all (hubby was pulling faces at the prospect of a shopping experience!), so headed for Great Haywood instead. It was a better day than yesterday anyway, and the sun as shining.

Canal view

Canal view

Are we going the right way?

Are we going the right way?

Aqueduct crossing the River Sow

Aqueduct crossing the River Sow

The journey was uneventful although Tixall lock became busy as we approached.

Railway running alongside the canal in places. Virgin trains going much faster than us!

Railway running alongside the canal in places. Virgin trains going much faster than us!

After the lock at Tixall the canal proceeds through a very attractive setting and opens out into a wide expance of water. There are various views on how this came about. One being it’s a natural lake.

Tixall wide as it is known

Tixall wide as it is known

Great Haywood was just beyond so we wanted to get through the junction and moor if possible just beyond as Shugborough Hall is beckoning tomorrow. We promised a visit if we ever passed this way again.

Tixall gatehouse. All that remains of a once great hall where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1586.

Tixall gatehouse. All that remains of a once great hall where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1586.

Aqueduct crossing the Trent just before the junction.

Aqueduct crossing the Trent just before the junction.

We have reached our destination for today. I have had many birthday wishes and a few cards. I have decided my birthday meal will be at The Plum Pudding brasserie in Armitage, so will be a bit belated but hopefully worth it as it has good reviews and is right by the canal (and is Italian, and we do like a good Italian).

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