SJ9312 : Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal south of Penkridge

taken 8 years ago, near to Gailey, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal south of Penkridge
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal south of Penkridge
Looking towards Otherton Lane Bridge, No 81.

Angling in the canals is a very popular pastime. Sometimes, as today, angling competitions take place, with a competitor being positioned every twenty metres, for up to half a mile - occasionally more. These days, casting with a rod is not considered good enough to catch the (usually) fairly small fish. Enormous long fibre glass poles are used, and the anglers have huge trolleys full of tackle, bait, and other equipment. The poles have to be withdrawn every time a boat passes. Pedestrians and cyclists on the towpath have to negotiate all this. I don't think the fisherman here are in a competition. They were cheerful. Competitors are often surly, studiously avoiding eye contact with or acknowledgment of passing boat crews, but they demand that boats delay their progress by slowing down (to avoid disturbing the ground bait, presumably).
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal

The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal was opened in 1772, engineered by James Brindley. It cost a little over 100,000 at the time. It links the River Severn at Stourport to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Great Haywood Junction in Staffordshire. There are 43 locks (45 if you don't fancy the deep wide locks at Stourport) and the canal is 46 miles in length.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 31 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 8 September, 2013
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9321 1209 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:42.3860N 2:6.1158W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9320 1204
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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