|The scene as we are told we must stop.|
|Trying to stop water going in faster than it can be pumped out.|
|Afloat, but still listing heavily.|
|Early in the descent of 11 locks at Atherstone.|
At one of the locks I saw a damson tree overhanging the lock apron, and tried one of the damsons, thinking that it would be under ripe, but on the contrary, it was delicious. Alan isn't a great one for plums, but we pulled a bowlful from the tree while we waited for the boat in the lock below.
|This is a perhaps unexpectedly beautiful setting.|
|Alan winds the side-pond paddle.|
One of the Atherstone locks has a working side-pond. These formerly existed in large numbers as a way of saving half the water used as boats locked through. Sadly nowadays, virtually all have been taken out of use, and a single one in a lock flight is of little practical use. Still, we worked it, just to prove we could!
|"Chertsey" no longer sporting her Red Oxide finish.|
|Spectacular line-up includes 7 Joshers, 6 of them loaded!|
There was a bit of a mix-up at Fazeley Junction, as Alan had wrongly understood that Fazeley Mill Marina was on our intended route, and he should still turn right. Fortunately the rest of the family checked, and we turned round and headed to where the now much needed diesel could be bought. Not so long ago fuel costs were not that big a boating cost compared to others, but increased cost and increased taxation means a fill like this costs over £175.
Retracing our steps back over the bit we had already done when we should not have, we then made our way up a piece of canal that should logically still be part of the Coventry, but for historical reasons is part of the Birmingham and Fazeley for a while. We moored at Hopwas.
The pie that I made from the damsons looked delicious, but was not to everybody's taste. Strangely only Alan, the one who is not usually a plum fan, found it acceptable, and actually finished his helping!
Hartshill (Coventry Canal) to Hopwas (Birmingham and Fazeley Canal)
Miles: 17.0, Locks: 13
Total Miles: 101.5, Total Locks:53