It started well enough, bright and sunny, but cloud and showers were soon driven in by a cold west wind. Not good cruising weather, in fact we’ve only seen one other boat on the move today.
We were ready to go when Mags spotted this chap having lunch.
Too cute to disturb, eh.
Since February 2008 they have had protected species status in the UK. They were in rapid decline, since a 1960 estimate probably 90% of the UK population had been lost. This was attributed to predation by the American Mink in areas where they’ve escaped (or been released by well-meaning activists), and loss of habitat. A program of conservation seems to be making inroads into the decline.
Once on the move it was clear that today’s cruise was going to be short. The west wind was cold, and difficult to manage on exposed sections of the canal.
We pulled over just past Bosworth Wharf Bridge, on the 48 hour moorings, after just 3¾ miles.
This canal is delightfully rural, but one drawback is that it avoids all the villages, and those that are around are small communities. This makes provisioning difficult, so I took advantage of Market Bosworth being only about a mile away and had a walk up to the Co-op there this afternoon. I think we’ll arrange a Tesco delivery somewhere as we head back towards Marston Junction. There are a couple of likely spots….
Locks 0, miles 3¾