The canal hereabouts follows the new cut of the Oxford canal so long straight stretches are punctuated with winding bends. Signs of the old course abound with numerous arms and sidings along the way. Some now used as moorings and alas some now no more than a weeded up winding hole. If these arms were ever restored the overnight mooring spots would be superb. In places the canal narrows considerably that makes passing other boats a careful manoeuvre.
|Narrows and definite line of clouds|
|Swing bridge at Rose N Boats|
The cut continues its way under a high and imposing M6 motorway bridge. At the same time the main line railway thunders under the bridge meters from the canal, joining three modes of transport together in the same place.
|Virgin trains court the canal for several miles |
passing under the M6 bridge right next to the canal
|M6 skyway. We have driven over this bridge countless|
times unaware the canal is below.
Another long run of straight canal you are confronted with a series of tight turns until more moored boats herald your arrival at Hawkesbury junction.
|The Junction is just around the corner to the left|
|Sutton Stop lock and a boat about to ascend|
|Epiphany appears from the Coventry canal.|
|and Epiphany heads off towards the stop lock|
After lunch we continued on our way skirting North of Bedworth. Arriving at Charity dock the blog famous garden of shop dummies placed in various positions makes a humorous and some what eccentric display.
From here the canal winds it way to Nuneaton where with the weather deteriorating and wind picking up we found decent mooring on the outskirts of town. I do not care for urban moorings but time and weather made mooring up here sensible. In our efforts to moor up Chris's walkie talkie that was clipped to her blouse slipped off and landed in the cut. Looks like a trip to Currys or Maplins is now on the cards.
|Our mooring for tonight|
and our route today.
Total distance:13.21 miles Elapsed time:7h9m33s Locks:1 Bridges:42
Average speed:1.85 mph (1.99 lock/mph)