Yesterday afternoon being sunny if a little chilly and finding ourselves in need of a little fresh air after the Christmas break we took ourselves up the M5 to Worcester and investigated Diglis Basin. The basin has recently been developed into a marina with waterside housing surrounding it and seems pleasant enough. There were little signs of activity except from smoke from the chimneys on a few boats in which sensible souls were keeping warm in front of their woodburners as there were sheets of ice floating on the water. The inner part of the marina was filled with fairly standard narrowboats whilst the outer part contained a more eclectic selection of craft.
We wandered up the Worcester & Birmingham canal as far as Blockhouse Lock seeing only one boat moored on the way once we had passed under the bridge carrying the main road into the town centre. We meandered our way back through a few backstreets to the town just in time to miss a boat pass through Sidbury Lock & disappear under the road bridge. By that time warm drinks were in order which we found nearby at Charlies Cafe Bar along with home made rock cakes & flapjack. They also stock Fairtrade products and offer veggy & gluten-free options.
We sat and enjoyed our tea on comfy sofas by the window enjoying the last of the afternoon sun and then headed for home, we almost got back in daylight too, not bad for a January afternoon!