We stopped here en route to the south and because I am a great fan of canals. We accepted the car park charge as the money is needed for the canal work, though decided against the museum as we didn't really want to spend any more - though we did enjoy a cup of coffee, not particularly hot as it happened, at the cafe next door. The shop was selling a lot of the usual stuff that such places stock and didn't attract us, but we thoroughly enjoyed a stroll along to the tunnel mouth where we bought some small articles made in the forge and I had a lively conversation with the blacksmith, a man with interesting views on many things! If you have time to spare, ask him about any subject and you'll have some fun!
All told a good experience, and nice to see such enthusiasm for our canals - there was a whole bus load of school children enjoying a visit at the same time as ours. Great place to stop for a break and to watch the activity on the canal and through the lock.
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