Summer Cruise 2022 – Episode 7

Tuesday July 12th – Whittington to Wolverley

A more civilised start time today of 9:30 as we had only 3½ miles to cover and 3 locks.

As we arrived at Wolverley Lock it started to rain so we tied up, but as soon as we did, it stopped and a boat came up the lock so we took advantage of that and went down to find a vacant mooring immediately.

Wolverley Lock is in a desperately poor condition with the top gate paddle having been out of action for a couple of years to my knowledge and today one of the bottom gate paddles was out of action too, making it a very slow job. The balance beams on  the  lower gates are rotting away but C&RT don’t seem to want to replace them or even do a decent repair with steel reinforcement plates.

We saw Leigh & Malc briefly in the afternoon and had a drink with them at The Lock Inn this evening after Joy had cooked a Spag Bog but were tempted to have a desert at the pub too!

Wednesday 13th July – Wolverley to Stourport

Falling Sands Viaduct

No rush to get away today, we had arranged a ‘Click & Collect’ grocery order from Tescos at Kidderminster but we still arrived too early so we visited Sainsburys and bought me some new T-Shirts and got a voucher for 5p/litre off diesel (for Jinty). I had an early lunch of a Scotch egg while Joy decided to wait for a bit.

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Kidderminster

Down through Kidderminster Lock, with the church bells ringing out, to moor outside Tesco and Joy cooked herself scrambled egg while I fetched the groceries. It wasn’t immediately clear how to ‘Click & Collect’ without a car, but I was advised to go to Customer Services and they kindly brought me our purchases there to load into our shopping trolley.

A couple more locks and we were entering Stourport stopping outside Lidl to get some Sea Bass, which Tesco didn’t have, needless to say I came out with more than that!

Down through York Street Lock and we swung easily onto our mooring as so many boats were out cruising. So at at a quarter to four we were greeted by our neighbour Leah who had been left on her lonesome and we settled back into familiar surroundings.

Joy had her Sea Bass for tea while I had Cheese & Onion Crispbakes. After watching a bit of early evening TV we had a game of Scrabble, the tidying, washing and hoovering can wait ’til tomorrow!