We enjoyed our meal at The Swan last night, we had a burger apiece, simple well-cooked pub grub and more than either of us could eat!
This morning we were up with the lark (well almost) Joy walked up and opened the swing bridge and we swung left onto the Trent & Mersey Canal and almost immediately were at the first lock, where we were helped through by a volunteer lock-keeper and likewise at the second lock. At Wood End lock another volunteer was recording usage and once through that was the end of the locks for the next ten miles.
The next familiar landmark was the Armitage Shanks ‘sanitary ware’ factory and the following ‘tunnel’ which required Joy to walk ahead to ensure nobody was coming the other way. As it happened I think all the boats had passed us previously as there seemed to be a convoy coming the other way before we reached there.
We passed Spode House moorings with the house partly hidden behind the trees, once owned by the Spode family of pottery fame.
We breezed on through Rudgeley, then crossed the Brindley Bank Aqueduct over the Trent and on to our next objective the fuel boat Dexta at Taft Wharf where we replenished our diesel tank and wished we had waited to buy our gas there too as their prices are so good.
At Wolseley Bridge we stopped for tea and cake and to let Jade out for a while, we decided not to stay overnight as the TV signal was poor so pressed onwards to Great Haywood despite the threat of rain. The forecast was right and we got a bit damp but managed to get the last free mooring just above Haywood Lock where we spent a peaceful night despite the rain and adjacent railway line.