We didn’t move yesterday, catching up with a bit of work, but a lot of other boaters did.
The 7 day moorings where we’d stopped filled up on Monday evening, then nearly emptied yesterday morning, before filling up again later.
We joined the throng today, but later in the morning when the rush had subsided.
There’s quite a community of live-aboards now, just up from the junction.
About a mile from the junction there’s another disused arm, this leading to the now demolished Newdigate Colliery.
This area was peppered with collieries, making the Coventry and Oxford Canals busy routes, shifting boatloads of coal to demanding industry. The mines are now all closed, the structures dismantled and the shafts capped. The spoil heaps have mostly been landscaped, and are being recolonised by nature.
At Bridge 14 stands the Navigation Inn, but you’ll not get a pint here at the moment.
Charity Dock is always worth a look, to see what’s changed since we last came this way.
2½ miles after setting off we approached Marston Junction, and the Ashby Canal.
Oddly enough, the junction bridge carrying the Coventry Canal towpath isn’t Bridge 1. That distinction goes to Orton’s Bridge, a couple of hundred yards on.
We’ll stay here tomorrow, then Friday we’re heading into Hinckley to Trinity Marina and a weekend berth. On Sunday I’ve got my first event of 2011, a half-marathon in Liverpool. Looking forward to it…. I think.Locks 0, miles 5