DURING THE PAST 40 plus years of supporting Birmingham City Football Club, I’ve crossed one of the bridges over the Grand Union Canal at Bordesley on numerous occasions while walking to their St Andrew’s football ground nearby.
Since buying our narrowboat three years ago, I have often thought it would be quite novel to actually go to a match by canal, and this was achieved a few months ago when we set off from our base near Fradley junction and headed into Birmingham.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of days in the city centre ( I love what they have achieved with the canals in Birmingham but, being a Brummie, I’m biased, of course).
Saturday arrived and we set off from our mooring for the two-mile journey to the football match. Descending the 13 Farmer’s Bridge locks shortly followed by the six Ashted locks, we arrived by the ground a couple of hours later.
After tying up I took the twominute walk to the ground while my wife and dog stayed on board to look after the boat for the duration of the match.
The 19 locks in two miles had been hard work but it made a refreshing change not to have the usual hassle of the football traffic and parking problems.
Within minutes of the match finishing, instead of having to battle through heavy traffic, I was back home in the nice warm boat with a welcome hot cuppa waiting for me. I wonder if other readers have stories of any unusual trips they have made in their boats?
Have you used your boat to get somewhere different? We’d love to hear your stories...