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Photoblog: BCN Marathon Challenge Day 2

Posted by indigodream on 7 June, 2009

Congestion - and it's not 5am yet!

Congestion – and it’s not 5am yet!

Dawn on the Cannock Extension Canal

Dawn on the Cannock Extension Canal

Fulbourne moored up at Pelsall Junction

Fulbourne moored up at Pelsall Junction

Malus and Atlas

Malus and Atlas

View from a high canal

View from a high canal

Daw End moorings - a pleasant mix of residential and visitor moorings (further along) - looked like a good place to moor

Daw End moorings – a pleasant mix of residential and visitor moorings (further along) – looked like a good place to moor

The first of the dramatic views over the valley and the red quarry

The first of the dramatic views over the valley and the red quarry

More magnificent views

More magnificent views

A million bricks? It may be more....

A million bricks? It may be more….

The Daw End branch is very pleasant

The Daw End branch is very pleasant

The long straight of the Rushall Canal contrasts sharply with the twists and turns of the Daw End Branch

The long straight of the Rushall Canal contrasts sharply with the twists and turns of the Daw End Branch

nb Black Beauty on the Rushall Flight

nb Black Beauty on the Rushall Flight

Canada geese enjoying a stroll along the towpath...

Canada geese enjoying a stroll along the towpath…

Attractive lock cottage on the Rushall Flight

Attractive lock cottage on the Rushall Flight

Swallow's nest under a busy road bridge on the Rushall Flight; you can just make out a chick peeping over the edge; the parenrs where whizzing in an out at head height - it's a low bridge!

Swallow’s nest under a busy road bridge on the Rushall Flight; you can just make out a chick peeping over the edge; the parents were whizzing in an out at head height – it’s a low bridge!

Such a beautiful canal - great views even towards the bottom of the flight

Such a beautiful canal – great views even towards the bottom of the flight

Confident swans on the Tame Valley Canal

Confident swans on the Tame Valley Canal

Looking back towards Rushall Junction

Looking back towards Rushall Junction

The Tame Valley still towers above the surrounding landscape

The Tame Valley still towers above the surrounding landscape

Slow down! Leave those grey motorways and join us on the lush green BCN

Slow down! Leave those grey motorways and join us on the lush green BCN

The cheery crew of nb Elemiah on the Tame Valley Canal

The cheery crew of nb Elemiah on the Tame Valley Canal

A 'lovely maned' horse by the Tame Valley Canal

A ‘lovely maned’ horse by the Tame Valley Canal

The Walsall Canal doesn't look so bad from here.....

The Walsall Canal doesn’t look so bad from here…..

But it soon closes in.....

But it soon closes in…..

Wonder what this narrowing on the Walsall Canal was for? There's a tiny landing stage nearby as well.

Wonder what this narrowing on the Walsall Canal was for? There’s a tiny landing stage nearby as well.

No kidding!

No kidding!

Aqueduct on the Walsall Canal - it's a broad aqueduct made narrow by vegetation; good views from up here though.

Aqueduct on the Walsall Canal – it’s a broad aqueduct made narrow by vegetation; good views from up here though.

Walsall Town Basin - full of welcome boating life

Walsall Town Basin – full of welcome boating life

And back to normal on Monday morning - just think of all these empty and safe moorings just waiting for you to visit.....

And back to normal on Monday morning – just think of all these empty and safe moorings just waiting for you to visit…..

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