Following our trip home after Mum's Stroke, Tony enlisted the help of a friend, Dave, to help him move 'Aylmer' from it's temporary mooring at the Peterborough Yacht Club to her new permanent mooring at Crick in Northamptonshire.
|Dave at the helm on the River Nene|
|Dave at a Guillotine Lock|
After 5 weeks at home Tony & I set off for Crick to arrive for the annual BBQ. Sunday was wet, so we stayed put and as Monday's forecast was for more of the same, we took the opportunity to visit old friends Lynne & Parker in Alrewas, only 45 mins away by car. They have a lovely little cottage right by the canal and took us to the local pub for lunch.
We eventually set off on Tuesday 28th July having decided to change our route and do the Avon Ring. Turning left out of Crick Marina, onto the Grand Union Canal Leicester Section, we almost immediately had Crick Tunnel (1,528 yards) to negotiate. I have to admit to not liking the tunnels, although I do stay aboard now, all be it down below, with the curtains closed and the lights on. At one time I used to get off the boat and walk over the top of the tunnel! But I did brave it for this photo.
|Leaving Crick Tunnel|
|The Hatton flight. 21 locks, 3.2 km, with a 45 metre rise|
|Antony Gormley sculpture at Lowsonford, Warwickshire|
|Lock Cottage with barrel roof|
|Bridge on the Stratford-on Avon canal|
|Top of the Wilmcote flight|
and on went the BBQ. The first one on this trip, partly because of the weather & partly because when the weather was good enough, the towpath was too narrow!
This time there was a convenient gate to a pathway leading down to a little stream. Perfect ! Tomorrow Stratford-upon-Avon.
Sunday 2nd August