Day : Tuesday
Date : 5 November 2019
Start : 1015hrs
Finish : 1645 hrs Glascote
There was one other person in the Cuttle Bridge Inn last night, I actually thought they were closed. Last time we were here I picked up on an offer, buy two large glasses of wine and get the rest of the bottle free, so I enquired and yes it was still on, also I would recommend their pizzas, so that is 4 different meals we have had there now and no complaints.
This morning we woke to the rain, however it stopped just as we set off and didn't start again until we stopped for water.
This is the bulge in the brickwork at the west end of Curdworth tunnel as you can see its slowly being warn away by boat handrails as they leave the tunnel. The tunnel is completely lined with cobwebs from end to end.
By lock 3 they are installing lots of steel pipework, I don't know if this is anything to do with HS2 or just new gas mains, all the joints are welded so I wouldn't thought them to be electrical cable ducts.
As we worked lock 4 two CRT chaps walked up the flight with the good news they had just dropped the level in the pound below lock 5 by a couple of feet but were about to let water down, as it turned out we crossed it OK with a bit of scraping as there was a good flow round the bywash so the level had made a few inches.
Just below lock 10 we met a boat, the first one we have seen on the move since we left Cambrian Wharf on Sunday morning, then we met a second boat who had just entered the bottom lock. That was it for the day. A short way below the locks we stopped for lunch and watched the horses out on the water park, I think they are a useful management tool as the National Trust have them at Wicken Fen. It wasn't long before we reached Fazeley Junction where we took a hard right on the Coventry Canal, both the Glascote Locks were with us, the first for three days and once up the locks we stopped for water, Whilst filling an old friend from our days cruising with Waterways World holidays came by and stopped for a chat, suggesting yet another cruise be may enjoy. Once the tank was full in the very light rain that was falling we moved on past Glascote basin to the 48 hr visitor moorings for the night.
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