Monthly Archive: September 2023

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A Crack at Cracks Hill

Norton Junction – Cracks Hill Footbridge – Crick Marina: 4 miles, 7 locks, 1 tunnel It’s hard to leave a favourite mooring, especially one as glorious as this. A couple of hundred yards ahead was the pedestrian bridge at Norton Junction.    Under the bridge, round past the pretty cottage and the shepherd’s hut in the garden    and under Bridge1 of the Leicester Line. An oversight on the Captain’s part (he kicks himself still!) had been the shock discovery...

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Tight Spots

Newbold-on-Avon to Norton Junction 16½ miles, 9 locks, 2 tunnel transits, 0 swing bridges After the delightful, if “entertaining”, mooring near the Armada Boats (incident described here:) a strategy for a stop at Rugby had to be devised… Through the Newbold Tunnel,   past a boat with a lovely Welsh name,   over the aqueducts (2 of them),    passing yet another swan family with five cygnets    to arrive on the outskirts of Rugby. Along the North Oxford Canal the...

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Sizzling

              Market Bosworth (Ashby Canal) to Newbold-on-Avon (North Oxford Canal)                                                    25¼ miles, 1 lock, 0 tunnel transits, 1 swing bridge   When departing a mooring there’s a lot to do before ropes are untied and the boat is pushed off from the bank. Mobile phones are moved to the back...

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To the Far End

Ambion Wood – Market Bosworth – Snarestone – Market Bosworth 16 miles, 2 tunnel transits, 0 locks Mid-afternoon (Bank Holiday Monday) the mission to reach the top /the end of the Ashby Canal was continued. Under the disused railway bridge    (paths from here through the woods to the Battle of Bosworth Exhibition and Shenton Railway Station) and past King Richard’s Field… Donkeys,   an aqueduct     and an offside skeleton     all caught the eye… It’s this central Ashby Canal...