Approaching the second lock of the day, Minworth Three Locks. Some of the anti-vandal devices on the lock mechanisms were not operating but we encountered the BW lengthsman at the next lock so I mentioned the fault. The water was surprisingly clear and the towpaths in good condition, if somewhat festooned with special Brew cans and the like, but then we are now firmly in an urban environment.
Much of the industry has now turned its back to the canal. Where once this stretch would have been an artery running through the area it is now a quiet backwater the new factories and warehouses are serviced by the M6 and its connecting roads.
Here we are approaching Erdington Hall Bridge and that large black structure that spans the canal is..? The Nicholson's guide doesn't mention it and I saw no signage so ... does anyone know what it is please?
Here we are approaching the raised section of the M6 motorway just before Spaghetti Junction. We had glimpsed the Dunlop Building across the roofs of industrial estates as we progressed along here and we were now looking for the Salford junction and our turn onto the GU.
Above, junction located and Joe turns Caxton a sharp left below the raised M6, over the R. Tame and onto the GU.
We had decided to moor up at Star City and have lunch before progressing so Joe picked me and the two dogs up from the towpath side and headed across the cut to the new pontoons that BW have installed. Any a very nice pontoon it is too. The dogs are NOT impressed but we were so we decided to stay here for the night as it felt safe and quiet.