Douglas Diary Summer Holidays 2018
Hopwas to Atherstone.
Well, yesterday’s cruise was for 5 hours and I helped my long haired one operate the 3 locks between King’s Bromley and Hopwas. I walked a long way. Here we moored outside the Tame Otter just as happy hour was announced. Actually, not that happy for me I was left in charge of my long kennel.
My bearded one had a bit of a lie in this morning as he was complaining of having a head cold which he says my long haired one generously gave him. My kind don’t get colds. He looked o.k. To me. I took him for a walk anyway.
We left our mooring at about 10:00 a.m. it was cloudy but warm enough with a plan to get to the foot of the Atherstone Locks on the Coventry Canal by the end of the day.
After about an hour, we left The Trent and Mersey Canal and joined the Coventry Canal at Fazeley Junction. We travelled through the town of Tamworth, I helped with a couple of locks and then we stopped for lunch in the village of Polesworth.
This canal was built in the 18th century to carry coal from the area which was riddled with mine workings, now it displays little evidence of this industrial past the character is mostly suburban relieved with brief passages of countryside. I took full advantage of these and took my long haired one for some lovely walks. I met some Alpacas they are funny creatures, but they were not that friendly.
After five hours of cruising we arrived at our destination at Atherstone Locks. In the morning we will be climbing 80 feet through the eleven locks ahead of us. My photo today shows me at the mooring ready for the first Lock in the morning. Tonight we are going to walk into Town for supper.
Love Douglas x