Wednesday, September 30, 2020

On to Woverley Court

We had our last day in Kinver on this lovely mooring.

Sunday's are a day of Grand Prix, football and of course a good Sunday lunch listening to Sounds of the Seventies with Johnny Walker..


Monday we were ready to go again, and after Al had topped up the shopping with some treats, we set off at 11.00am.

Our first encounter was the low bridge at Whittington Horse bridge, so the chimney had to be taken off here.

Soon after we approached Whittington Lock and CRT were painting this and helped us through so Al didn't get covered in paint, it didn't work because she still got paint on her gloves..

  The canal then follows more sandstone and goes out into the countryside again.

Then the sandstone rock encroaches on the canal and it gets very tight in places, its a good job we didn't meet anything.

Then we got to Cookley Tunnel which is only 65 yards long and a one way tunnel which didn't need a light on.. 


Its then Debdale Lock which is cut out of the sandstone.

It even has a small cavern cut in the middle which is said to have been a small stable for the horses in its day. 

And a funny tree..

Again the canal follows the sandstone and its gets very tricky when it turns through 90 degrees in places and again is narrow.

We then arrived at Wolverley with its pub on the lock, called The Lock.

Here there is a lovely tearoom and farm shop and also a small 18 hole pitch and putt golf course.

We nearly stopped here, but the noisy road put us off and we fancied something a bit more rural. We carried on to the next lock and spotted a mooring we liked so this will do us for the night..

It was also at a time we liked to be moored up, it was 2.00pm. Del did the brasses for the rest of the day and we chilled in the evening with the rain on the roof, typical!!!! 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Rock the house down

 It was one of those "what shall we do days!" as the weather was cold in the strong winds but it was bright sunshine.. We discussed it over breakfast and decided to go for a walk up to the Kinver Edge. You can just see us on our mooring here!

It was a short walk to a footpath which took us across a field and up a bit of a climb to St Peter's Church on top of the sandstone hills of Kinver.

The views here are amazing and we spent some time here soaking up the sun and the fresh air, but sadly the church was closed.

We then walked on to the National Trust area of Kinver Edge where the path takes you up to where a Fort once stood and a marker at its summit.

Again we spent time here taking in where we were as the views were well worth the walk up here.

From here it was a tricky walk down to the Rock Houses.

There were also a lot of caves.

Yes, these were houses built into the rock and were occupied by the boaters and ironmongers of the late 1700's.

They brought coal down from Birmingham to forge the steel for so many projects for Brindley, who even stayed in a house in nearby Compton (which is in the Kinver district) while the canal was built, now called Brindley hall.

These rock house's can be viewed as they are now owned by the National Trust, and due to Covid it was only five pounds to see them.. It turned out to be one of the best fivers we have spent and we really enjoyed our walk round.. You can't go right into the houses, but can put your foot in the front doors and get a good feel of the place..

There is also a little tearoom here where we had a cheese scone and a coffee.

We then walked down the path into the town of Kinver again and explored the high street.

We took the short walk back to Derwent6 and soon felt that we had done the six miles in the wind and sunshine today. It didn't help when we lit the fire making Derwent6 all cosy. In the evening we did our now regular zoom call to all the family for a catch up.. What a lovely day!