And soon we are at the village of Polesworth a busy town that was once built around the coal industry, and now is a great stop for provisions, but we don't stop and pass Pooley Hall which was once home to Edwin Starr before his death, a singer of the seventies with great disco hits like War and Eye to eye contact, then next we head toward the M42 motorway bridge.
We then pass Alvecote marina who are holding a festival of old working canal boats but aren't very lucky this year with the weather,
suburban housing of Tamworth now meet the the canals edge and we have 2 locks to negotiate before stopping at Fazely junction where one could turn towards Birmingham for water, but we carry on Northwards and then stop at the village of Hopwas for our overnight mooring.
A bit of a strange tale where the local paper reported a sighting off Bigfoot in the woods near here
The woods dates back officially to the 11th Century and the Domesday Book, and further back still, with many historical tales emerging from within.