We had planned to stop at the King Richard’s Field moorings to walk the Bosworth Battlefield (where King Richard III was killed in 1485, and Henry Tudor took the crown and the rest is history as they say.) However as we reached the mooring the day was cold and extremely miserable and we decided that as we had arrived too late to catch any of the action we would just keep going towards Stoke Golding. After all, a wet field is just a wet field no matter what happened there in the past. I am, after all, the woman who horrified my Greek customers by saying that I didn’t do ruins and was going shopping instead when they suggested I walk up to the Acropolis. Much better to look at it from my hotel roof with a drink.
When we got to Stoke Golding the 48 hour offside moorings between bridges 27 and 28 were full up, with boats that were there when we passed some days before. We moored instead by the Ashby Canal Centre marina just before bridge 26. Its a remarkably attractive marina, compact with lovely surroundings and a pleasant village with three good pubs in walking distance. And though it wasn’t as convenient as the 48 hour moorings it wasn’t a bad walk along to bridge 25 and then up the hill on a good well-lit pavement to the choice of three pubs. We did pass a blue plaque saying that Henry VII was crowned near that spot so that was as good as walking the battlefield. We dithered for a short while then Alan was drawn to Everards and we went to The White Swan: after all we were in Leicestershire and should drink the local beer. It was a nicely civilised pub with what looked like very good food, lovely chunky chips on the plates that went past us. They were turning people away as the food orders mounted up and when we left our seats were filled in a flash.
Today we did 5.91 Miles
Statistics so far:-
2033.41 Miles, 1128 Locks, 118 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 34 Tunnels