and not far from the M69 motorway bridge. Railway lines and trains are constant companions
As Coventry was receding on Thursday morning
“Where are they all coming from?” questioned a moorer near Brinklow.
- and he seemed to have no prospect of moving forward at all.No-one knew, apart from a rumour that there had been a hold-up - somewhere...
To be part of a procession could be jolly, intentional. To be part of a relentless slow moving queue is soulless and so at All Oaks Wood a mooring was found.
Newbold-on-Avon, just west of Rugby, has a tunnel which used to be prettily lit; now just a few of the blue and purple lights seem to operate.
Big neighbour Rugby is proud of being the place where rugby football originated
– though saw no scrums or tries today!Onwards to Hillmorton and the three paired narrow locks. Here convoys of boats from above and below were homing in on the bottom locks.
A Volunteer Lockkeeper took charge of the situation.“Close the gate first,” he bellowed at a novice, “unless, young man, you intend to drain all the water out of MY canal.” There was something of the sergeant major about his manner, but happily accidents and collisions were avoided.
It is at Hillmorton that locklines are engraved either side of the middle locks’ top gates,
(They were installed in 2012 to commemorate the inaugural year of Canal and River Trust.)
Within an hour the M45 had been crawled under and a mooring found.Tomorrow, hopefully, a mooring in busy honey spot Braunston...
Total distance to Bedford: 341 miles
Distance so far: 112 miles
Total number of locks to Bedford: 143
Locks so far: 53