Daily Archive: August 15, 2013

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An abbey, a coalfield and a slagheap

Atherstone to Alvecote:  3.25 miles, 6 locks              Boat traffic was busy on the remaining 6 of the 11 lock Atherstone flight this morning. At every lock there was an upcoming boat – and at the bottom there were three boats waiting to start.              The canal drops away from the town into a quieter, more rural environment. True the West Coast railway line is still there, occasionally very close, but it is not a constant companion. Views are open...