Day : Thursday
Date : 8 August 2019
Start : 1000 hrs
Finish : 1700 hrs Wilmcote winding hole
I have uploaded our proposed route to CanalPlanAC at https://canalplan.eu/journey/12117_2fD4O9JGrH if anyone wants to see where we are likely to be. It gets updated with actual position each night.
The noise from the trains and the motorway didn't cause us any problem last night. Unfortunately a boat came past while we were having breakfast so that put all the locks against us and just after I started the engine ready to go a hire boat came down the lock behind us. This actually worked well as there were 8 onboard setting ahead and one of the ladies checked how far we were going and drew a top paddle when they left. We didn't follow them for long as at the M40 motorway lock they met their first boat coming up and were away. We had mixed luck with the locks, some with us and some against, a couple of times we had to wait as a second boat had already turned the lock when we arrived. We stopped for lunch in one of the longer pounds, but even so were well aground when we wanted to leave.
Then there was the new marina at Wootton Wawen with the biggest restaurant I have ever seen in a marina called The View, its huge. The marina, Hill Farm Marina only has 50 berths so where they are getting their trade from I don't know.
We decided to carry on to moor for the night at the 48hr moorings just above the Wilmcote lock flight ready for a wet run in the morning. This is even closer to the railway than last night.
9¾ Miles 17 Locks in 5¾ hours