Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Hawkesbury to Atherstone

We made the move from Hawkesbury a few days earlier than intended as James needed to get some supplies from the Axminster shop on Bermuda Park in Nuneaton. As we moved across the canal to water up we noticed the canal was a very strange green colour, almost as if someone had put a dye in it.

We were soon on our way through Sutton Stop Lock and then the turn onto The Coventry Canal heading for Bridge 17 Gypsy Lane as Axminster is just up past the quarry works, not a particularly pleasant walk as its along a fairly busy road with no footpath. Purchases were soon made and then it was into Frankie and Bennys for dinner.

Moored just before bridge 17
After a nice peaceful night with nothing much around we winded and headed back just past Marston Junction. I needed to be in Coventry for Wednesday and it's just a short stroll from there to the train station in Bedworth, at just £2.80 return for me with my railcard it was a bargain.
Marston Junction is just behind us
We had arranged for Mark on Callisto to stop by with coal and diesel, unfortunately his diesel supplier had cancelled his order as they thought it was double booked as he only had a delivery the week before. As he was planning on going down the Ashby, where he had rearranged his delivery and then onto Atherstone we would catch up with him there. It is good to see that the working boats are getting the custom on the canals we always use them if we can.

Here comes Mark on fuel boat Callisto 
On Friday James reversed back to the junction where we winded again and headed to Atherstone for the weekend.

Moored in Atherstone

12.5 miles and 1 lock
Total 558.5 miles and 377 locks

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