Rain was once again forecast for this afternoon, so we were on the move before 10:00. A steady cruise, winding gently through the humps and bumps of the Leicestershire wolds. Yes, since Welford Junction we’ve been in Leicestershire.
Leaving Welford Junction, NB Silkware heading for Watford.
North Kilworth Wharf
There isn’t much in the way of boatyard services south of Leicester, so this is a useful stop for the usual facilities. Quiet today, though.
Less than a mile on we came to the south portal of Husbands Bosworth Tunnel. There was a boat coming this way, almost out, so, although it’s two way traffic I pulled over to let him out.
Husbands Bosworth Tunnel
I went to stop, and realised we had a problem. The gearbox shifted into reverse but would not rev higher than tickover. It was fine going forward, though. We weren’t going fast, little more than drifting so tickover in reverse stopped us.
We proceeded through the tunnel, there was nowhere I could easily pull in at the south end. I’d racked my brains as we went through, trying to guess what was wrong, but hadn’t come to a firm conclusion by the time we came out into daylight and put a pin in to hold us temporarily while I stuck my head down through the hatch. Ten seconds later I was back up, having moved the bilge pump which was preventing the gearchange linkage from moving more than a few millimetres. I‘d repacked the stern gland yesterday (one of the little jobs to tick off), and had moved the pump out of the way while mopping up the drop of water that had leaked in during the operation. Where I’d left it was just below the linkage, fouling it nicely. I couldn’t have left it in a
The rest of the trip was uneventful; we’d met a couple of boats in the tunnel and a handful further on, but it was by no means busy.
My favourite spot on this stretch is as the canal passes along the edge of the Laughton Hills.
The cows weren’t optimistic about the weather, either.
We pulled in above the locks, just past NB Sheherazade where you can buy hand-made wooden mushrooms.
Mushrooms for sale
They’re so cute I went and bought one….
Locks 0, miles 7¼