This morning we left our mooring at the top of the locks at different times so that we were not in one long convoy.
At Horseley Fields Junction we took a left turn following Nb Isander through the bridge onto the Wyrley & Essington Canal affectionately known as the Curly Wurly because it is a contour canal and winds about to follow the same level.
We joined Nb Toddy 2 in the Bentley Mooring Arm and went into the Bentley out of town shopping complex which has all the major shops plus a cinema. The canal follows the shops to the end of the Sainsbury store and Nb Isander is moored just outside in quite a pleasant area.
The section after this was very narrow and shallow but we were soon out into a mixture of countryside and the suburbs passing the Rough Wood Country Park and alongside the M6 on a stretch of canal I have often seen from the motorway and wondered where it was. The Holly Bank Basin looked very nice (the bottom right photo) but no boats were moored in it.
We noticed that the towpath was looking very smart on the next section of the canal and came across this group of Community Payback workers tidying all along the towpath and canal edge. They really appreciated us telling them what a good job they had made of it.
As we were approaching our final mooring for the day we had to travel through a large group of anglers and as the boats slowed down for them we began to form a bit of a queue. The aim is to keep a good distance between the boats so that the following boats do not pick up any rubbish on the props , here the water was clear so no problem.
We all moored up opposite Pelsall Common on ground which mother nature has reclaimed since the demise of the Colliery's and Iron works which originally occupied the site and were the reason for the canals being. It is now a very pleasant area and one would think you were way out in the country.
At Pelsall Junction the Cannock Extension Canal runs1.8-mile north to Norton Canes Docks,originally it ran to Hednesford, and served a number of collieries, which provided the main traffic. It opened in 1863, and the northern section closed in 1963, as a result of mining subsidence. It joined with the Hatherton Canal which provided a link to the Staffs and Worcester Canal at Hatherton Junction where we tried to get a pump out last week.