Stoke Golding is a very attractive village, and even the newer buildings have been built in a very complimentary style. There aren’t many cars on the road though this is somewhat offset by the habit, repeated all the way along the Ashby, of rushing at the single lane bridges with several loud beeps of the horn to warn anyone coming in the other direction to get out of the way, rather than slowing down and checking visually if the way is clear.
Our walk today took us back to bridge 27 and over a very wet field to the lane that leads down to the 48 hour moorings. Then we went up the hill taking the other route to The White Swan and on past the 13th century church of St Margaret of Antioch. It has a beautiful spire that can be seen from all around. Because there was an airfield nearby the spire was taken down during the war and carefully rebuilt when the war ended. Its amazing to think of such care being taken to preservation of the spire at a time when everything around was chaos. What changed in people’s perception that allowed town centres to be torn down and turned into bland and ring roaded clones? (I should have mentioned yesterday that the church was stunningly flood lit when we walked past in the evening).
Its always good if there is a newsagent where we can get the Saturday Guardian and the little newsagent, with the Post Office the only village shops, had a full selection of papers, and basic provisions.
Statistics so far:-
2033.41 Miles, 1128 Locks, 118 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 34 Tunnels particularly