As we Leave Coseley, we'll go down the Wolverhampton 21 locks in a first day baptism of fire. Soon we travel along side the M6 Motorway for a while before encountering 5 attractive locks – some accompanied by little bridges. The route is quite rural again for a while, before we pass under the M54 Motorway and arrive in the outskirts of Wolverhampton at Autherley Junction, where we’ll moor for the evening.
Having turned right at Autherley Junction on to the Shropshire Union Canal, where the countryside opens up once more, we pass Belvid reservoir – crossing over the Watling Street A5 roman road via Stretton Aqueduct and before long we’ll moor up in Wheaton Aston for the evening. On leaving Wheaton Aston we transverse a very long pound of cuttings/embankments and encounter Cowley tunnel (81 yards – that will please the skipper) and moor for the evening
Next morning, we go through shelmore embankment towards Norbury Junction ( where the Newport branch used to lock down from the mainline) and heading onwards we come across High Bridge (a double culvert bridge) and through open countryside for a while. Market Drayton is our next planned stop and by then we’ll have passed the old Cadbury Wharf.
On leaving Market Drayton the canal is peaceful and scenic, through pleasant wood cuttings before we arrive at Adderley Locks (5 of them) shortly followed by the 15 locks at Audlem – it’s a 90ft descent through the locks which should take us a couple of hours to complete… after which, we can walk back to a nice pub before we retire for the evening… that is unless we stop half way up as our final day is relatively short.
Depending on where we moored, the following morning we chug onwards, passing the famous SECRET NUCLEAR bunker (signposted) near Hack Green Locks end our cruise just before Nantwich Aqueduct for our guests to depart.
Coseley Tunnel to Nantwich £695 pp
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28th April - 5th May 2019 (7nights)
From: Coseley Tunnel (north)
To: Nantwich Aqueduct
(Shropshire Union Canal)
HIGHLIGHTS: Wolverhampton 21