Friday 30th June 2017 back at Worcester.
A cool morning but thankfully dry. As we walked into town, we paused to admire the carved signpost in Vines Park that celebrates the re-opening of the Droitwich Ring.
Each of the four arms was carved on one side and on the other showed the number of miles, locks, swing bridges and tunnels by canal to the furthest point north, east, south and west from Droitwich on the canal network. The sign pointed north to Tewitfield, Lancaster (127 miles, 106 locks, 13 swing bridges and 7 tunnels), east to Brandon on the Little Ouse (187 miles, 189 locks, 11 swing bridges and 8 tunnels), south to Godalming in Surrey (204 miles, 201 locks, 30 swing bridges and 7 tunnels) - which is where we are headed - and west to Llangollen (125 miles, 93 locks, 10 swing bridges and 7 tunnels). A great and imaginative illustration of the breadth of the canal network.
Finally, we got to the last lock that let us down on to the River Severn.
Today: 10 miles, 9 locks and 5.0 hours.
Trip: 90 miles, 80 locks and 68.6 hours.