Thursday, 12 March 2015

Windmill End to Tipton

After briefly moving to the opposite moorings to sort our other roof box, we set off for Netherton Tunnel which was only a short distance away. This tunnel has a tow path both sides and is double width so boats can pass and much more headroom than Gosty Hill Tunnel yesterday, but also it is much longer at nearly two miles.

Heading for Netherton Tunnel
Quite a lot of room in here, compared with Gosty Hill anyway
Quite deep though, this is looking up one of the ventilation shafts
And another one, this one was quite wet 
After what seemed an age we emerged into the brightness the other side of the high hill it goes through, and at the junction it was a left turn onto the New Mainline.  I went in and sorted a a bit of brunch, along with getting dinner slow cooking on the stove, before we got to the three Tipton Locks. We flew up these, a coal boat arrived as we were going up the first and we didn't want to hold them up.

Emerging from the tunnel, thats the aqueduct ahead carrying the Old Mainline 
We moored up at the end of the visitor moorings in Tipton, which are quite busy, just before The Fountain Inn.

5 miles and 3 locks

Total 80 miles and 111 locks

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