From Netherwich Basin the last few metres of the Barge Canal take you through Vines Park, where there are a surprising number of swing bridges to negotiate, including the rather unnecessary one across the lock that leads up into the River Salwarpe and hence to the Droitwich Junction Canal.
|Why not just walk across the gates?|
|OK So far. . .|
|Loads of room (as long as you don't want to see forward to steer!)|
At Hanbury Wharf we called in for diesel and gas and I realised what a sheltered life I've had on the Shroppie where the close proximity of Norbury Wharf and Turner's Garage keeps diesel prices to a minimum. I paid up (and was "reminded" that I didn't have to declare 60/40: we settled for 40/60!) but I did draw the line at being asked for £3 by the New Boat Company next door to empty my toilet cassette. That was just taking the p*** (literally!)
Then it was off along a relatively lock-free stretch of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal down to Diglis Basin, where we winded and returned to the Blockhouse Lock, where we left Starcross for the weekend whilst I went down to south Wales to visit my parents. Before leaving, however, we called in at "The Anchor,
|The Anchor, Diglis: where a pint is a pint!|