A sad farewell and a new canal.
We had to say goodbye to Days Away, Aaron, Michelle, Trinity, Oscar and Oliie Trinity was close to tears which made me close to tears too. We have had a wonderful 10 days with people we just happened to share some locks with. We shall miss them and have already said we will try and catch up with them next year. Now we have to get out of holiday mode and back into our “way of life” – oh and detox too!!
I had read in Pearsons that there was a small milepost near where we were moored so I went and took a photo. It doesn’t say where it is 13 and 14 miles too! Apparently it is over 200 years old.
As we moved off I could see a strange looking hill. It turns out to be Mount Jud which is the spoil heap from the old Judkins Quarry. It was once one of the largest granite quarries in the UK and the spoil heap is the biggest local landmark and can be seen from many miles away.
We finally parted company with Days Away at Marston Junction as we turned onto the Ashby Canal – waters new for us.
The turning onto the Ashby is quite narrow as with a lot of the smaller canals as there would have been a stop lock here once.
We had a lovely cruise in the sunshine. The canal is windy (as in turn not breezy!) and more like a river. The water level is down a bit but we only draw 18 inches so hopefully we will be OK. We stopped for water at The Lime Kilns and then continued on passed Hinkley to Bridge 23 where there is a farm shop. We needed milk which sadly they didn’t have but I did get some steak, sausages and a couple of lamb shanks.
We pulled over somewhere around Stoke Golding got the chairs out on the towpath but there was nobody to share it with this evening.
There was a lovely moon tonight but sadly I am hopeless at taking night photos.
Friday 19th August
It was a wet and horrid day so we didn’t move on – in fact neither of us did very much at all! Oh yes, Richard hailed Callisto and got some fuel!