Sunday 4th June, 2017 at Wombourne.
A lovely morning. M was awoken at 3:45 by the dawn chorus, which was musically spectacular due to being surrounded by trees and a nature reserve. "Beautiful", said M. "Zzzz" said R - but he did surface long enough to appreciate it before going back to sleep!
The sunny weather was not forecast to last beyond the morning, so we started out early in order for M to run the washing machine while we cruised the mile and two locks so we could moor up close to Wightwick Manor.
It is a National Trust property built in the 1870's in the Elizabethan style by the Mander family, who made their fortune making paints and varnishes. It's a wonderful house, frequented in its heyday by the pre-Raphaelites and furnished with original William Morris fabrics. The Mander family still live in part of the property but have given the majority of the house over to the National Trust. We loved it when we came her in 2014 and were keen to visit again.
We started with coffee and a snack in the converted stables behind the house. The horse stalls still had their water bowls and hay racks around the tables.
The locks hereabouts are very attractive. Dimmingsdale lock is as pretty as its name suggests. Awbridge lock has an unusual balustraded bridge.
Just after Awbridge lock, we moored up for the evening.
Today: 4 miles, 6 locks and 2.8 hours.
Trip: 36 miles, 21 locks and 18.1 hours.