Vlog 92: Fradley, my dear…

After a couple of days in the rather lovely village of Alrewas I take the boat further along the Trent & Mersey canal to Fradley Junction, where it meets the top of the Coventry Canal. From the CRT cafe, I buy and enjoy a nice slice of lemon drizzle cake. Yum.

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  1. Peter nb Windsong

    The ruse to overcome self-opening gates is to just slightly open a top paddle to produce a flow which will hold them closed. Just be sure to have the bow up against the top gates with engine in forward tickover to stop it moving back.

    • Normally I’d agree with you but these weren’t merely ajar and needing a push to close, they were swinging back fully open. Thus a flow of water would have gone straight out without moving the gates. If I’d opened the top paddles a bit and then run back to shut the gates it might have held but would have wasted a lot of water while doing so.

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