Monday, 23 May 2011

Worcester to Hanbury Wharf

A sculpture adorning Sidbury bridge - or at least the bridge by Sidbury lock.  The Sidbury lock is the first you come to as you leave Worcester for Birmingham, adjacent to the Kings Head, where we enjoyed a meal with Stuart and Anita on Wednesday evening and on the other side of the lock, The Commandery, a museum dedicated to the story of the English Civil War - hence the pikes and roundhead helmets of the sculpture.  We have promised ourselves that we are going to return to Worcester and spend time poking about this lovely canal and historic City, for now we are pushing on towards Birmingham and our rendesvouz with NB Matilda Rose.

I shuffled the two dogs back onboard Caxton as we came across these contractors cutting vegetation, of which there is ann abundance - vegetation, not contractors...

I could understand why the contractors were failing to cut the vegetation right up to the canal side so at the next lock I had the chance to ask them. And the answer, "Don't know, but this is what BW specify."  The team were all ex BW who had been 'TUPE'd' a few months before and were now happily doing the same work though for a  different employer.  So BW, why do you cut the vegetation for walkers and cyclists but not for boaters?
No easy mooring along here and the veg cutters following us now are not going to improve things.
Having stopped for lunch we are now moving off towards Hanbury wharf and the sun is shining on us again.
I am just so impressed by the Worcester and Birmingham Canal - again, we are new to its charms and it is CHARMING..

Approaching the busy Hanbury Wharf.  It is here that the soon to be reopened Droitwich canal joins the Worcs. and Birm.
Caxton moored up for the night at Hanbury.

8 comments:

Adam said...

Glad to hear you're enjoying the Worcs and Brum. We haven't done it for about ten years, when we did the Stourport ring in a hire boat from Stourport. But we plan a return visit in June. Looking forward to it.

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Adam
We may well see you then depending on 'when' in June.
Lesley

Anonymous said...

We now carry a small pruning saw and grass shears for those overgrown banks - it's a mystery why they're not cut back!

Hope you're all well - loved the Tardebigge post - haven't been that way for years!

Sue, nb Indigo Dream

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Sue
All well here. We also carry grass shears and have done from day one -the mystery is, where are they though...
Lesley

Amanda said...

..all that cupboard/storage space.....can't find a thing now!

Adam said...

Lesley, we set off on 11 June, so I imagine we'll be at Worcester about a week later, and it will take a few days to get to Brum. we may do an extra loop to take in the Droitwich, if the route has been opened and if we have time.

Nb Caxton said...

Amanda
Would I let Himself store garden shears in MY galley cupboards? The shears are somewhere in the top box or the hold I believe.
Lesley

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Adam
I will give you a call..
Lesley