The next village is Alrewas, a pretty little place with thatched rooves, immaculate gardens, and skipfulls of money, and it boasts four pubs for you to choose from. At Alrewas Lock the River Trent joins the canal and leaves again just a few hundred metres further on. Very benign at the moment, the depth marker is showing about 50mm below the bottom of the green section. Wychnor Lock is next marking the end of the river section and the beginning of the A38. What a racket, and this then follows the canal very closely for two miles and then it's not far away through Branston, Burton on Trent, Stretton and nearly into Willington. We thought we'd moor up somewhere near Bridge 24A but there were no pilings and the edges were rough, shallow and lined with big stones just under the surface so we were forced to go on to Bridge 22 where there are good pilings, the water is deep, the A38 is miles away, but the railway is close by instead. Oh! well, it's the best of all the evils.
|Unusually narrow bridge without tow path|
|Approaching Burton on Trent, Branston Lock|
Ahh! Beer and Pickles - Wonderful
|Here we go...|
|A bit more...|
That's all for now folks, see ya tomorrow.