|Castle Croft Bridge|
I felt guilty dragging the lockie out of his warm and dry office at the Bratch. He said "Ah a brave boater, the first today" "A stupid boater, you mean", I replied. I'd have been happy to go through on my own, but that would have left him feeling guilty and it's probably against his job description anyway, but I was glad of his assistance, especially as he hadn't yet unlocked the bottom gates.
The first opportunity to stop near a shop was at Wombourne, just below Bumblehole Lock (the Staffs & Worcs has some great names for its locks and bridges) so I took it - and after a quick walk to the shop and back it was fire, tea and newspapers all day (although when it stopped raining this afternoon I did clean out and tidy up the front well.