Tixall WideEngine Start 91.1 Finish  -   hours
Distance 9.5 miles 6 Locks

A quite day all round and nice weather if a touch cool when the sun went in. Not wishing to tempt fate by putting on sunscreen, I've even ended up a touch of sunburn!

Today we were back to journeying through pleasant countryside interspersed with small middle class towns where graffiti and vandalism are not much of a problem. A highlight was the Tixall Wide, where the canal was broadened so as not to spoil the view from Tixall House. The house has  long since gone and it's owners forgotten but the Wide remains and is home to much wildlife including kingfishers which we did not see and herons which we did.

WildlifeMoored in the middle of Penkridge another cheerful Midlands town lacking the scenic qualities of some of the others we have passed through. A BBQ at the canalside was enough to bring out the rain but we all stayed warm and dry :)

More rain is forecast for the weekend, hopefully not for tomorrow when we dock and have to unload the boat. Jennifer is set to leave us in the morning and will catch the London train from Penkridge.