Moving off round the junction with one boat ahead of us we waited for another one to exit the stop lock, then we were through and on our way. There were plenty of boats out cruising today, like us they had probably waited until the storm had passed, Stretton Stop boatyard looked busy with a nice barge out of the water and another in the dry dock. We opened the little swing bridge and two other boats followed us through.
Why is it that we always seem to meet boats in the narrowest parts. This boat had first time hirers aboard who bumped off our side and apologised afterwards. I strolled into the village and noticed Brinklow Castle now has an information board explaining what the bump in the field is. I just love this little chocolate box cottage, especially with it’s autumnal colours. Another lovely day cruising!