We didn’t move yesterday. I had a few jobs to do, the gunwale on the towpath side needed touching up, and our document filing was getting completely out of hand! I’ve now got a stack of old statements and paperwork 8” high!
Roll on colder weather; it’ll go in the stove.
It was definitely autumnal this morning as we pulled pins and set off.
Leaving Welford Junction
Looking down the Welford Arm
The pattern-maker did very well getting all this information on a standard GJCCo milepost. If it’d been me I’d have rounded up the fractions!
Opposite North Kilworth Wharf a large new residential development is taking shape.
I thought at first it might be yet another new marina…
Husbands Bosworth Tunnel cuts through the ridge upon which the village is built.
Established probably around the time of the end of the Roman occupation, it was originally known as Baresworde, Saxon for Bare’s farm. The prefix “Husbands” was added to differentiate the village from the nearby Market Bosworth, and indicates the predominantly farming (husbandry) nature of the area.
It also has the dubious honour of being home to the last 9 witches to be executed in Leicestershire…
The tunnel was completed in 1813, then in 1924 a refurbishment was required.
I thought we’d got away without meeting anyone in the tunnel, but an Ashby Canal hire boat appeared when we were about ¾ through. They were sensible, though, we both slowed to tickover and passed without touching each other or the sides.
The length of canal north of Bridge 50 is one of my favourites, with the Laughton Hills rising on the left and views of the Leicestershire Wolds through gaps in the hedge to the right.
It was made all the more special today with sightings of a couple of kingfishers…
As close as that, eh.
We pulled in between Gumley Road Bridge and the top of the locks. Most folk here seem to have moored before the bridge where there’s no mooring restriction, but the 2 day limit here will do us fine.
It’s sunnier here…
Locks 0, miles 7½