Waking up in Froghall Basin was a laid back and peaceful experience. The toilet block was nearby, so I was quite happy to pad off in my slippers & pyjamas! We knew we really needed to leave today, but were in no massive hurry, so completed all the “boatkeeping” chores; rubbish, toilet, clearing up etc and then it was time to leave. The water tap was at the top, so we wasted a bit more time there. We decided that we really *must* reverse Harebell through the bridge and take a picture in the small basin-ish area that is where the Caldon officially ends- after all, the basin is actually the Uttoxeter Canal. As to be expected, the bridge was shallow and Harebell took some maneuvering, but she came through for her photo opportunity.
All to soon, there were no more excuses left, so we headed back under the tunnel and left the lovely canal section behind. There is a strong smell of wild garlic in the air and it made me want to cook something!
Passage thorough the locks was fairly quick- not too many boats about, now the Bank Holiday weekend was over. A slight delay at Hazelhurst, but nothing like the slow progress on the way down. We stopped at the Flint Mill, but it was just closing- at 2.30!! Anyway, James got to see the waterwheel close up, so was happy enough. We decided to press on and get through Stockton Brook in the latter part of the day, when there was less likelihood of getting slowed by other lock users; We arrived at 5.10 and were through all 5 locks on 30 minutes….Amazing what we can do when left to our own devices!
By this time it was getting late, cold & windy so we pushed on through the 2 swing bridges and moored just above Engine Lock for a well earned night sleep!