United Kingdom
Stafford District

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  • Day36

    Shugborough Estate

    September 5, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Well that was a little unexpected.
    Shugborough is a very large estate that the National Trust took control of it from Staffordshire Council authority last year.

    It’s remarkably intact, Mansion, Farm, Estate, Follies, ruins, Cat Monument, etc, etc.

    Belonging to the Anson family since 1642 (including Admiral George Anson, famous for circumnavigating the world and capturing a Spanish Silver ship in 1743.)

    He made a packet.

    The NT have start to put their stamp on the place: parking, shop, garden centre, cafe, gardens.

    For all those Women Weekly followers Patrick Lichfield, 5th Earl and the famous fashion photographer gifted the estate to the National Trust.
    Death duties are a real game changer.

    Everyone has probbaly seen his photographs, the Royals, Dianna, Mike Jagger, Lulu and all the rest.
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  • Day1

    Wolseley Bridge

    October 17 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    After our stunted start, we made good progress through the locks south of Stone. Travelling alongside the Trent, we saw masses of Canadian geese, ducks and even alpacas! The friendly swans visited us as we waited for locks to fill. I took over driving for a while, which turned out to be a challenge - my driving was fine but Ben's map reading was so questionable he got off far too early for a lock and ended up having to get back on the boat!

    En route we found a lovely farm shop/cafe just outside of Great Haywood, picking up some lovely bread and cakes for the journey. The rain misted in as we left the farm shop but not enough to hold us back.

    We were aiming for Great/Little Haywood, but decided to push on just little to Wolseley Bridge. A quick wander from the boat revealed a 26 acre wildlife refuge and antiques shops that made planning for tomorrow very simple. Whilst the Indian restaurant and the local pub had no table available for us to eat at, we had a few pints at the Wolseley Arms before eating some of our recently purchased baked goods on the boat (after a quick stop at Londis for playing cards that we obviously forgot - standard). Given the local amenities, and the tiredness of end of term, we had an early night in anticipation of the onward journey.
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  • Day2

    Wolseley Wildlife Centre

    October 18 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    An early start for me to finish a bit of work, although I popped out for a bit of misty morning photography first. After breakfast we walked into Wolseley and had a rummage through a fabulous antique shop and a small gift shop.

    Over the road was the Wildlife Centre. Here a raised boardwalk ran through the trees and lakes, looking over myriad waterfowl including some pretty bold geese! It was a very pleasant way to begin the day rather than simply eating, unmooring and heading out.
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  • Day1

    Stone

    October 17 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    An early start saw us packing and heading to Stone with an aim of being on the water by 10am. Despite meticulous packing, we forgot an alarming amount of stuff which we had to buy in Stone Morrison's.

    At the marina, we got on the water with a surprising lack of faff... which wasn't to last. Less than an hour outside of Stone, Ben complained at the lack of responsiveness from the engine. Despite clearing the prop of a wealth of tangled weeds and cabling the engine still wouldnt rev. A call to the rental company quickly diagnosed a snapped throttle cable so we moored up and waited for them to fix it. They were mercifully swift to allow us to make progress towards Great Haywood.
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