Setting off again this morning we reversed out of the little 'dock' we were in and headed east.
The countryside around here is, at first, mostly suburban. Many of the gardens backing onto the canal are well kept, it's just a shame that the canal is very weed strewn and I spent a fair bit of time diving into the weed hatch to retrieve an assortment of plastic bags and the dreaded plastic banding. This stuff is unbreakable and if you can't find an end to pull, the only resort is to cut it off.
After Birchills Junction, where we turned left (a right turn takes you to Walsall), the canal becomes more rural, with farm and parkland.
We've now moored up is lovely open countryside.