An early depature from the Black Country Museum will help avoid any chance of the local youth giving any problems as we travel through the Birmingham suberbs.
Out of the museum a right turn onto the Wolverhampton Level we are running paralell with the Birmingham Level Main Line some 1/4 mile to the left of us. As we travel we pass over a canal past another that joins to the B. Main Line and then a large wharf now a housing complex just the shape of the basin being the only clue as to the past.
Slowly we turn towards the B. Main and then pass over it and for a mile or so we are alongside it but some 20 odd feet above. As we drop down through the 3 Smethwick locks , like coming down a slip road onto a motorway but that was Birmingham past, a huge water road complex, we are now on the Birmingham Main Line passing canals going off left and right only to rejoin the main line a little further on.
With the map in one hand and tiller in the other we enter Gas St. Basin the heart of Brum.
Surrounded by wine bars , restaurants, the giant indoor arena , Sea Life centre and...............trust Tesco to get a small metro store in amongst it all. Still handy for some odds and ends during our stay. Moored up kettle on, this is home for 3 days.
An unusual visitor, the Mandarin duck.