reluctantly, we left the basin in Llangollen after the two days we were allowed there, and started our journey back towards the midlands.
Because of the water flowing down the canal from the river Dee, the progress down through the narrows to Trevor is much quicker than the journey up, and we were soon 'flying' over the aqueduct 120ft above the river.
Making continuous progress we soon found ourselves back on the Shroppie. The autumn weather has been exceptionally kind, plenty of sunshine and no sign yet of the first frosts. Passing through Grub Street cutting we passed a setlement in the woods. A couple of moored boats, and old vehicles decaying among the trees reminded us of a scene from the movie 'Deliverance'. All it needed was the sound of a banjo ringing through the leaves!
Friends of ours from the winters we spent in Stone were heading north and we all met up at Brindley bank near Rugeley. This is the site of the 'bloody steps', the scene of a murder which happened in victorian times. A lady, Christina Collins, was killed by the crew of a boat she was travelling on. The body was taken up the bloody steps to an inn above the canal.
After meeting up with our friends we made our own way up the steps to find a pub where we had a great meal and an afternoon catching up with all our adventures since we last met up on the Thames back in the summer. It all seems so long ago now!