We where again covering old ground but we love the Shropshire Union Canal, we had our first experience of narrow boating on the Shroppie many years ago hiring from Norbury Junction. Usual story, about 5 minutes of tuition before been let loose to bump into all the moored boats and get jammed up in Grub Street. We broke down twice, had no water for a few days, and the vibration on the engine deck was so bad I had to stand on a life belt to ease the vibrations.
Gill and I had a trip up to the end of the Shroppie in a cold, wet March 2006.
|Hack Green on a grey day.|
|Hanging around waiting for Tyreley Locks.|
|High bridge in Woodseaves Cutting, towpath in usual state.|
|Cadbury's Wharf at Knighton.|
|This old Riley is still garaged like this in Grub Street cutting.|
|Obligatory shot of the twin arched bridge and telegraph poles in Grub Street|
|The newly piled Shebdon Embankment in 2006, the stoppage|
had just finished.
Our diary says we winded at Autherley Junction before making our way back to Nantwich.
|Brighter weather at Tyrely Locks.|
|Challenger boats at Market Drayton. This is where it all started going|
wrong for Challenger and Ed Rimmer. Some of the Stealth Hire Fleet
where sold to investors more than once.
|Gill hanging around in the bridge hole waiting for the lock to fill.|
|Prime mooring outside the Shroppie Fly at Audlem. On our following|
summer trip up the Shroppie we breasted up here with Timothy Spall
when the moorings where heaving.