At least there was a lovely start to the day.
Early Morning at Gnosall
The canal, however, was frozen over and the ice was thick enough to make getting away impossible without breaking a lot of ice around the boat. We opted to stay put in the hope that it would warm up later. By 13.00 it was possible to set off, although once we got out into open country, beyond Cowley, the ice was thicker than ever. After smashing our way through as far as Bridge 29 I had just decided to tie up when I heard a boat coming through from the opposite direction. It was soon followed by another leaving the way clear enough to proceed.
Approaching Wheaton Aston.
Still a lot of ice about after three boats had been through in quick succession.
By the time we got to Brewood it was approaching 17.00 so we tied up here for the night on the surprisingly busy visitor mooring.