Friday, 4 March 2016

Lowsonford to Stratford-Upon-Avon

Wednesday 24th February
We woke to a thick frost, when we went to bed we did wonder if the canal would be frozen come morning but luckily it wasn't. We wrapped up warm as it was going to be a cold cruise. Apart from the Wilmcote lock flight the locks were quite spaced out, meaning James couldn't really get on with preparing pens to turn.

Bit of a chilly morning

Finally get my own picture of the statue at Lowsonford Lock

Keeping a watchful eye 

Small aqueduct, with low tow path 

Bit tricky getting round the Anglo Welsh boat at their hire base in Wootton Wawen

Another small aqueduct

Looking back at the Anglo Welsh base

Edstone Aqueduct again with low tow path

Felt really odd no railing one side and low tow path the other
We had intended on stopping in Wilmcote, but the visitor moorings were falling apart and taped off, there was no where suitable afterwards as the bank is quite high and we were soon at the lock flight. Had we known about the visitor moorings we would have stopped before them as there was plenty of suitable space there. Never mind we continued down the flight and decided to make a long day of it and head into Stratford Basin.

Looking down Wilmcote lock flight

No shortage of water here

Easy to open but difficult to close
It's quite empty here too, there are only two other boats, not surprising really as I think we have only seen four other boats moving since we left Birmingham and two of those were back at Kings Norton.

On Thursday we had a wander round the town, it was a gorgeous day so I made the most of it and took loads of photos.

This lock is on the River Avon

On Friday Jess came to visit, she came straight from work and made it to us at just gone 7pm. We enjoyed a lovely couple of days with her, she left late Sunday afternoon to head back home ready for work on Monday.

10.5 miles and 25 locks
50 miles and 57 locks

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