Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Stoke Golding

Our overnight stay at Burton Hastings was pleasant enough with only one other boat for company, Calypso Rose from Braunston. Although inside the boat was quiet, outside you could still hear the distant drone of the motorway off towards Coventry. This morning was a little cooler, and the sky overcast. During our cruise today rain threatened, but never actually made an appearance. Continuing our journey in a general north easterly direction, we passed beneath the busy A5 before entering Hinckley. Continuing on, soon we were passing the village of Higham on the Hill. I then saw a sign dreaded by motorists up and down the country, surely the canals are safe from blessed speed traps.
CRT speed cameras ahead
I had visions of rounding the bend ahead, and being zapped by a Canal and River Trust official with a speed gun. Still no such drama, probably just a wheeze by some boaters who had a mooring on the other side of the bridge. As we passed bridge 23, we saw signs for a farm shop close to the canal. This was only a mile from where we planned to moor for the night, so we decided to carry on, and walk back later in the afternoon. On arrival at Stoke Golding and just passed the small Marina, we picked our spot. Not long after Calypso Rose passed by. I expect we will be playing leap frog with them for the next week.
Mooring at Stoke Golding
  After lunch we walked back to the farm shop at bridge 23. Only 50 yards from the canal, Spinneybank farm shop is well stocked, with meats, vegetables, cakes and pies. On our walk back to the boat we were slightly more laden. Tomorrow we head off towards the famous battle site at Market Bosworth.
  • Totals 6 Miles
  • Running total 69 Miles 19 Locks 3 Tunnels 

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