Trent & Mersey Canal
Day 2. Willington to Fradley Junction
14miles – 11 locks – 9 hours
Early waking, the windows run with condensation, prompting memories of summer holidays in caravans at Caister in the early ‘70’s. It’s my first morning aboard my new – and very small – ‘home’. The cabin of ‘Lily Jane’ measures about 12’ x 6’10” and in that space I’ve the toilet, the galley, bookshelves, an armchair and bench seats that convert to a double bed. Despite the confined size, ‘Lily’ is an essay in utter freedom!
Flushed with excitement, the rushed panic of much of yesterday is conveniently and easily forgotten. It’s the first day of August, the sun is shining, and I’m eager to be away.
Shame the busy A38 noisily converges with the canal so soon after leaving Willington, and then pretty much bruises along beside it until the lock at Wychnor. Still, there are a few things to distract me from the roar of traffic as ‘Lily’ glides along the long straight…