The services building at the top lock is closed and there was no water available. Local boatyard staff and a boater told us the nearest on our route was at Snyde Wharf.
The Canal Museum, signposted at the bottom of the flight,is boarded up and up for development.
The Wyrley and Essington Canal is full of blanket weed. Apart from that and the impediment to progress it is very peaceful and pleasant. Of course the local population keep it topped up with plastic bottles, drinks cans and bags of rubbish.
The Sneyd Wharf services were clean and cared for and a refreshing highlight of the cruise.
We got to Wolverhampton, winded in the basin and backed to the Wolverhampton Top Lock moorings to find they are 24 hour!
|Pretty Wolverhampton Mooring|
|Hopper on lock landing, Factory Bottom Lock, BCN|
|Arriving at Factory Bottom Lock, BCN|
We did a tour of Oozle's loop to find the pump out services of Sherborne Wharf are on the main line at The Distillery. So we winded at Old Turn and again at another basin to the west of centre and the returned to The Distillery to pump out. A trip boat were not amused that we were on "their" stopping place. Apparently our pump out should have been timed between their need to use the stop! There appears to be a continual conflict if interest at this point as the discharge point is one bollard from the stop sign.By the time we were finished, unconnected and ready to leave there were two trip boats vying for the same stopping point.We left them to fight it out.
All services completed we moved on to Cambrian Wharf and returned SONFLOWER to her accustomed position.
13 miles, 3 locks, 5hours