We had a nice surprise while we were at Tyrley; a hire boat came past us. This in itself is not a particularly remarkable occurrence - between Easter and October, come hell or high water and through rain or shine - a fairly unremitting stream of hire boats pass us all the time. Filled with families in matching life-jackets, cutlass wielding pirate crews, balloon strewn birthday parties or fairies with “L” plates on, they provide us with plenty of entertainment. They in turn are always pleased to see our efforts; the flowers and the tea cosy always bring a smile! However the hire boat that passed us at Tyrley wasn’t just any old hire boat. Six years ago, along with Dave’s sister Kate and her partner John, we had a fabulous week on Shadowfax, a brand new 60’ 6 berth semi-trad from Chas Harden Boats.
Here’s something else that turned up.
Our good friends Wiltz & Annie came to visit for a very enjoyable couple of days and helped us down the locks to Audlum. Wiltz did a very competent steering job,
From Audlem we carried on up the Shroppie to Hurleston Junction where the Llangollen goes off up four narrow locks to the west. This is the view of the first lock from the boat,