Stoke-On-Trent – Fradley Junction

We left first thing in the morning, as we are re-tracing our steps, looking for places that we can go, as the canals are all closing, due to

Plenty of sheep taking a paddle

Plenty of sheep Around

shortage of water. We stopped at Stone again, Geoff treated me to another Italian meal, as we so enjoyed the first ones and it was excellent again. Next morning, I walked all around the town, I am desperate for a haircut, but Monday, they are all closed, we did some shopping, and moved onto Great Haywood, where we have not been before, we are still on the Trent and Mersey canal. We wanted to stop at Rugeley, but it was packed, no spaces at all, so we travelled onto Armitage, and moored right outside of the Armitage Shanks Factory, where you could hear someone smashing up a toilet or two! In the e1bad837-bb7e-4639-8e63-584adf1aac1fmorning we walked into the village, found a delightful butcher, where we stocked up with fresh meat, I tried to get my hair cut, but oh dear they close on Wednesday! Up quite early and away we had a few locks to do before arriving at Fradley Junction, the first lock took us one hour and a half, there were ten boats either side waiting, still we kept busy talking to everyone. Finally

Lovely scenery on route

Lovely scenery on route

we arrived at Fradley and managed to get a parking place right by the car park of the pub, so our visitors could park easily. In the evening we went to a Folk evening, I have been to better ones, this was quite a large group, but the music was more fitting for Morris Dancers, I was very disappointed.

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