We checked to see if the rain was going to hold off but the strong winds did give us some doubt.
We set off at about 9.30am and crunched our way slowly past the boat moored by us. It felt like we were escaping and it really felt good to be moving. Saying that, Lichfield has been kind to us, and there are a lot worse places to be iced in. We had a good co-op and station just a mile away, and a great pub that supplied us with water and beer 200yrds from Derwent6!
We carried on, and as we suspected the ice was worse in the shady areas, but Derwent6 managed to plough it's way through it. We had some patches where all the ice had gone but you soon found that it had just been blown down the canal, and all joined up like a massive jigsaw puzzle. The bridges were a bit tricky as the ice all came together here and tried to deflect Derwent6 into the bridge walls as you were entering. We were tipped on our sides at times where the ice had got underneath the bow and it didn't help that we were so low on water that the bow was trying to come out the water. This also made it easier for the wind to get hold of us. But with all these problems we still made it to Fazeley junction. The sun came out just as we managed to get on the water point. After clearing the ice away, we filled the tank to the brim.
After having a look round the corner we could see that the ice was still broken, so we chanced our luck to get through the two locks at Glascote. We had to move some ice to get the gates open but it all seemed ok at this point. When we got to the top lock we could see that the ice was only broken from the marina here, and it was pretty solid from then on. You could even see the footprints of some pratt that had tried to walk on it. We tried to break the ice and it soon became apparent that it was still two inches thick and Derwent6 was going no-where. We managed to reverse back up to the water point after clearing the ice away. We are just two hours away from Atherstone where the locks close on Monday, our gateway to the south. If this ice hasn't got thinner by the morning we won't be going any further.
We couldn't get a TV signal here so we watched DVDs all evening, pondering over the weather.