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44 - Windmill End to Kidderminster. Dudley No 2/1 Canals, Stourbridge Canal and Staffs and Worcs Canal.

Tuesday 13th August 2002

08:15 start from Windmill End. Mooring pin not necessary, the fake "Mooring Wardens" did not return! Decided to amble down the Dudley No2 Canal to Hawne Basin, so Martin could experience this. 
Hawne Basin at 09:40 and back to Windmill End at 10:50. It was now exit the BCN via the Dudley No1 Canal and Stourbridge. Blowers Green Top at 11:454, Delph Flight Top at 12:30, Delph Bottom at 13:45, Stourbridge Flight Top at 14:25, Bottom at 17:20. We gave up for the night in a previous stop place that we knew was deep, just below Newtown Bridge. That night we ate in and practiced the age old art of Fray Bentos Tinned pies.

Wednesday 14th August 2002

Late start at 11:00. We got to Stourton Junction at 11:50 and turned left down the Staffs and Worcs Canal, with the idea of going down to Sharpness and back up the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. As we passed the outskirts of Kidderminster we were surprised that the newish Sainsbury's was closed........later we found out this was due to expansion to combat the new, more centrally placed Tesco. 
We stopped on the offside Visitor Mooring, just above Kidderminster Town Lock (16:45), not the most salubrious of places, but handy for the Severn Valley Railway that we were visiting the next morning. That evening we went down into town and visited the new Tesco's for a cheap meal and provisioning.

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Looking back at Windmill end Junction. We have just started down the Dudley No 2 Canal towards Hawne Basin.

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Warrens Hall Colliery Basin, near the top of the Dudley No 2 Canal.

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Dudley No 2 Canal.

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Gosty Hill Railway Bridge and Railway Bridge. Dudley No 2 Canal.

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Gosty Hill Tunnel. Dudley No 2 Canal.

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Gosty Hill Tunnel. Dudley No 2 Canal.

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Gosty Hill Tunnel. Dudley No 2 Canal.

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The once enclosed Combeswood Tube Mills site. Dudley No 2 Canal.

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Leaving the Combeswood Tube Mills site. Dudley No 2 Canal.

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Coming up to Hawne Basin. Dudley No 2 Canal.

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Hawne Basin is to the right under the towpath bridge. Dudley No 2 Canal.

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Blowers Green Lock at Park Head. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Leaving Merry Hill Basin, Brewer's Wharf pub. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Looking back at Merry Hill Basin. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Looking down on the Merry Hill shopping centre. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Delph Top Lock. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Delph Flight. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Delph Flight. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Delph Flight. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Delph Flight. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Delph Flight - Delph Bottom Lock and The Tenth Lock pub. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Delph Bottom Lock and the Delph Road Bridge. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Old arm below Delph Locks. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Old arm below Delph Locks. Dudley No 1 Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight Top Lock No 1. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Lock No 2. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Lock No 3. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Lock No 4. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Locks No 6 and 5. Samson and Lion pub to the left. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Lock No 6. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Lock No 6. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Locks No 7. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Lock No 7. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. The old Hansons off-licence and cottage between Locks No 10 and 9. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Locks No 9 and 8. Bratch style side pound in the short gap between these two locks. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Locks No 9 and 8. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Lock No 10. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. The old Hansons off-licence and cottage between Locks No 10 and 9. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Locks No 11 and Dadford's Shed. This site is now occupied by Phil Speight, the boat-painter supremo. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Looking up from Lock No 11. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Beside the old Stuart Crystal site, looking up at Lock No 11.  Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourbridge Flight. Locks No 15. Stourbridge Canal.

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 Wordsley Junction - Stourbridge Town Arm to right. Bottom lock No 16 of Stourbridge Flight. Stourbridge Canal.

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Looking back from Stour Aqueduct at Wordsley Junction. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourton Top Lock No 17. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourton Lock No 18. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourton Lock No 18. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourton Lock No 18. Stourbridge Canal.

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Stourton Bottom Lock No 20 from Lock No 19. Stourbridge Canal.

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Looking up at Lock No 19 from Stourton Bottom Lock No 20. Stourbridge Canal.

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Military equipment display at Stewpony Lock cafe...........The ideal place to get tooled up before tackling the BCN???!!! We wanted to borrow the machine gun for a photo posed with it on Earnest, but the guys declined! Staffs and Worcs Canal.

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Wolverley Forge Bridge No 21. Staffs and Worcs Canal.

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The Lock pub at Wolverley Lock. Staffs and Worcs Canal.

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The new development as you pass down into Kidderminster. Staffs and Worcs Canal.

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Limekiln Bridge No 17. Staffs and Worcs Canal.

The Tour Continues...


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