Friday, 16 July 2010

Birmingham City Centre

Captains Log Canal Date 15th July 2010 Travels Miles 9 Locks 3 Current Location Birmingham City Centre (Outside Sea Life centre) OS Ref SO 059 867 Birmingham the town our of birth, I can see why I moved out! The moorings are right in the city centre. Broad Street is the party capital with continues bars & night clubs, this is only a stones throw from here but you would never know, it is quiet and pleasant here with just the occasional pedestrian passing the boat. No more so than a rural mooring. On the way here the canal was just as clear as the previous day with good views of fish all of the way. We came along the newer Birmingham level. This is so different to the older canal. This is straight as an arrow and wide. It was the motorway of its day. However once again we did have an occasional problem with the amount of weed growing. We travelled the 9 miles from the Black Country Museum to Birmingham City Centre, all the time we only saw 2 other boats, I think that the BCN is a very much underused network, Even though you are travelling through urban areas it is well hidden by the banks, you would never know how close you are to the busiest parts of the country. Life is full of surprises, today we met up with Chris and his boat “Paddington” He is moored a boat away from us. The most surprising thing is that I believed that he was on a six month holiday touring Europe. After a day wondering around the town centre it is time to move on. I don’t think that I can stand another day in the city, it is just too busy for me (and we spent too much) Weather permitting we shall head for Hopwood tomorrow.

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