Fradley junction is a favourite spot for gongoozlers. A ‘gongoozler’ was what boaters used to call someone getting in the way on the towpath, at a time when narrow boats were hauled by horses, along the ‘towing-path’. Today, gongoozling is a popular hobby, and many people enjoy watching the colourful narrow boats navigating the locks. It is also good to be out in the countryside, and the canal-side wildlife is as interesting as the boats.
The staff at the visitor centre help to explain the importance of this junction of the Trent and Mersey and Coventry canals, which was once packed with boats from around the country. It is still a busy place, but now the boats carry holiday-makers instead of coal or pottery. The towpath and nature reserve provide a pleasant spot for a walk, and the café and public house will provide you with refreshments.