What a change over night, 10 Deg C this morning and all the snow and ice had gone, it managed to get up to 12Deg during the day.
We set off at 10 am. the red overalls were put away and the blue ones were back out with the warmer temperatures. For those of you with Eberspacher similar heaters please watch out for where yourexhaust is pointing, this was wood but there is a lot of plastic used on the Ashby Canal. We made quite a long stop at Market Bosworth so that Diana could go into town shopping, I topped up with water and, confession time, remained on the water point until she returned. On our way up I photographed some mammal exclusion fencing, it enclosed a strip of land that has the railway on one side and the canal on the other, all the way from opposite the water point, south beyond the next bridge. I looked to see if there were any planning application in for it but drew a blank. It turns out the land has be “acquired” by Owl Homes. for a new development.
We made a short stop Shenton Aqueduct again for Diana to visit the farm shop, but there was nothing that took her fancy.
I take it this style of construction is to prevent the bridge spandrel walls cracking as they have on many other bridges.
While we are talking bridges, this one has an Ordinance Survey Datum mark which marks the level above mean sea level. This year is the 100 birthday of the system see here. I often wonder how accurate these are both from when they were first surveyed and also for ground movement over the past 100 years. We pushed on to our mooring for the night, back at Sutton Cheney Wharf, only this time instead of mooring on the 2 day moorings made from recycled plastic we are moored against the wharf on the one day mooring by the waterpoint.
Todays Journey 7½ miles in 2½ hours with no locks