Having more spare time since my retirement, I am able to indulge two of my passions, those being canals and cathedrals, and so, with another fine sunny day in prospect I planned to cycle to Lichfield Cathedral by way of the Trent and Mersey Canal.
For a number of reasons (the main one being that it was so hot) I did not make it to the cathedral but had a great day out on the canal towpath, getting as far as Fradley Junction where the Coventry Canal meets the Trent and Mersey Canal.
|Lots of boats on the canal and some very nice canal-side properties to be seen.|
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Lots of interesting people, wildlife and objects on the way including this youth who was jumping across the canal! A long jump of about 9 feet so not record braking, but considerably more risky than landing in a sand pit.
|Three! Well done, lad.|
Not having prepared a Risk Assessment as required by Sustrans, I was not able to try this feat myself.
|This is not all one family, but a "crèche" for Canada Geese (like humans) leave their offspring in the care of other parents at times.|
After a leisurely lunch in the open air alongside the water, I decided to forego the planned cathedral visit and head for home, spurred on by the thought of a stop for a pint at another pub nearer to Burton, and that sustained me for the rest of the journey home.
Total mileage just over 40.