Leicester Ring Day 5: To Atherstone, and beyond

Most of the day was spent going down the Atherstone flight. Eleven locks in total, some spread quite far apart. It was quite exhausting, especially for Louise. Even Rosie was getting rather blasé by the end:

IMG_2089We stopped to do some shopping in Atherstone after the fifth lock and spent an hour or  more having lunch there too. Andy managed to drop a mooring ‘staple’ into the canal, and got stung on the ear by a wasp. All this after an early morning weed hatch inspection, which involved donning shoulder length gloves and getting down and dirty in the canal water:

The hatch was all clear, thankfully.

We are now moored up in a remote spot on the approach to Polesworth. It has unfortunately become important that we press onwards to Leicester as rapidly as possible, owing to some bad news in the family. It is possible that this blog will become more intermittent as we will be travelling 8 hours a day. We reckon it will take 3-4 days to get to Leicester, at which point we will remain there for the foreseeable future.

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