More than 31 years later, we arrived back on the 'Staffs. & Worcs.' at Stourton Junction and turned left for Stourport. As you can see, the weather was much better, in spite of the fact it was February. Soon we began to see some of the special characteristics of this canal, like the way the towpath often dives into a tunnel under the bridge below a lock.
In other places, like here at Debdale lock, the rock was carved out to make caves for stables.
And all the time, as we chugged slowly south, the canal dropped down lock by lock towards the River Severn. Beautiful scenery, and incredible weather for early February!
Other little features of this canal include iron split bridges at many locks. We first saw these on the Stratford-on-Avon Canal last year, but these are made to a different pattern. Same idea, though – to be able to cross the lock but also allow the horse's towing rope to pass through. And many of them still in excellent condition, well over 200 years later.