We made a somewhat late start this morning and decided to head steadily onwards to the canal’s end and do our stopping off on the way back. In any event we were only a couple of bridges from Stoke Golding and the moorings were full when we reached the logical lunch place at Sutton Cheyney Wharf. All a consequence of late departure I guess.
In the end we tied up at the off side moorings at King Richard’s field for a late lunch. This is the ideal place to set off on a walk to the Bosworth Battlefield and we will do this on the way back, hopefully after a little historical background reading. My excuse is that because I grew up on the other side of the world I didn’t study the histories of the English kings even though History was my subject at university. Truth is even if I had I probably wouldn’t remember.
About 4.00 we moved off towards Market Bosworth where we hoped to moor for the night but once again there were no places so we continued onwards as the sun sunk lower and lower. Even if its not ideal to leave finding a mooring until late in the afternoon the light at that time of day is wonderful and the water so still that there were perfect reflections. Having passed a Golden Eye enjoying a tea time swim we pulled in half way between Market Bosworth and Congleton.
The Ashby is in strong contention to be crowned our favourite canal. We thought that nothing would beat the Shropshire and the Staffordshire but there is something extremely special here. The views are wonderful, gentle and so very, very English at its best and there are, despite our difficulties today, plenty of places to moor and up to now the depth has been good, although today we are a little out from the bank,. Even the animals look especially eye catching: colourful cattle, with clean fluffy hides, rare breed sheep, collections of miniature ponies and pheasants in the fields. And on our way back we have the added treat of exploring Market Bosworth and the battlefield. Bliss.
Today we did 8.10 Miles
Statistics so far:-
2014.72 Miles, 1128 Locks, 118 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 32 Tunnels