To Kinver –  3rd July 2022

Very cruisy start to the morning as didn’t get away until 11.00am

This little garden was across from where we had moored for the night. Besides the volunteers helping you through locks, they also keep a stretch of the canal litter free and attend to some gardens as well as mowing grasses and whipper snipping.

Without all these volunteers, the Canal and River Trust would be in quite a pickle.

These people do not necessarily own narrowboats themselves. They just like to keep themselves busy in retirement.

We remember this spot very well from back in 2016 and this time……

we caught it in perfect reflection conditions.

We also remember this wonderful front gate where someone has put a lot of love into it.

So, we are heading to a village called Kinver. Kinver is a large village in South Staffordshire district, Staffordshire, England. It is in the far south-west of the county, at the end of the narrow finger of land surrounded by the counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

You really do come across some weird stuff as you cruise along. A lot of the time we are not quick enough to get the camera out and take a photo and then again, you just are too gobsmacked to get to the camera.

Just prior to arriving at Kinver you pass the Stourton Junction. If we were to turn left, we would head back up the escarpment towards Birmingham. Birmingham sits on top of a plateau, so any of the canals heading out of the city, head downwards which is exactly what we have been doing for the last few days.

Kinver was known for making sturdy woollen cloth, using the flow of the Stour River for fulling mills and dyeing.

The town of Kinver itself was cute but didn’t stand out as anything in particular. The nicest part is the surrounding countryside.

This is as close as we got to some of the locals.

 We will spend one night here before heading further south.

The weather for next week is predicted to be fine with lots of sun which is going to be very pleasant after what has been a showery and very windy week.

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