I have come to the conclusion that the BBC weather service has decided that the British populace has all it can contend with at the moment, what with the credit crunch and cuts. If they were to tell us truthfully what the weather was to be like we would give up entirely. How else can you explain the wonderful forecast for today, 22 degrees etc, and the reality of grey chill?

Apart from the fact that the sun hasn’t been seen all day its been quite good really. We had a long chat with the boaters moored behind us before setting off a hop & skip along the canal to the moorings at Polesworth. On the way we passed the Pooley Fields Heritage Centre which records the coal mining history of this area (we would have visited but couldn’t quite see how we reached it on foot.) Then we had a good view of Pooley Hall which is very close to the canal and dates from 1509.

Polesworth is a former mining township much like the villages where Alan grew up in Northumberland. It had some useful shops and a great fish and chip shop in the High Street. We don’t usually have fish & chips for lunch, in fact this is probably the first time ever, but they were the best we have eaten for a very long time. The proprietor seemed very justly proud of their quality and it was very busy. Enough said!

We continued on our walk to Polesworth Abbey under the gatehouse built in 1343.

Obviously we hadn’t moved very far today so we decided to go on a little to our present mooring at Grendon. We had a little interlude at Meadow Lane Bridge when Alan manoeuvred into the far bank to help an elderly gentleman retrieve his fishing rod. It had been caught under the brambles for three days and he had come back with a large pair of tree loppers to try and get it. Alan managed to get it and pass it to him, along with the float and off he went happy. We felt we had done our little bit to raise the standing of boaters in the fishing world.

Pooley Hall

Pooley Hall

Abbey Gatehouse

Polesworth Abbey

River Anker

Today we did 3.64 Miles

Statistics so far:-

1982.03 Miles, 1117 Locks, 118 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 32 Tunnels


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