Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Autherley Junction

Today was a very short journey just to position us on our next canal ready for the next stage of our cruise. This is tonight's mooring at Autherley Junction on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.

We came through the junction, turned left and then reversed on to the 48 hour moorings so we would be facing the correct way for departure.

Before leaving The Shropshire Union Canal we passed through the stop lock - just a few inches in depth. This was the original barrier between two canal companies, so that one couldn't 'pinch' the other's water. Now no longer required, but as it was built that way it remains in use.

Above is the lock cottage.

A choice of three directions here.

The junction with crossover bridge.

Looking back up the Shroppie.

The end of the line for the Shroppie.

A typical canal milepost.

These are the cast iron posts placed on bridges hundreds of years ago to protect them from the ropes used to tow the boats. I find it intriguing when I think of what they must have witnessed in their lifetime, and how many ropes sliding over them over the years have caused the wear grooves.

We will now be on the Staffie for the next two or three days.

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