Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Market Bosworth

If you exclude the farmer using his header, it was a very quiet night!  We left the mooring at 10am and reached Market Bosworth by 11am.  Along the way we passed the sign to the farm shop at Shenton Aqueduct.  Jan didn’t have any cash (I’ve almost always got no cash……Cos I spend it ) so we will stop and shop on the way back.

The water point at Market Bosworth has been moved so if you use a Nicolson’s or Pearson’s Guide then it’s probably out of date.  We topped up the tank (good pressure) at the new water point before Bridge 42 and then reversed back to find a temporary mooring.  It was then a case of walking into the village to raid the hole in the wall. The route took us over the Battlefield Railway.

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It only took a brief glance on either side of the bridge to realise this is a historic railway run by enthusiasts.  We later passed a sign stating it operated on weekends and public holidays between Easter and October.

On the way into the village Jan noticed a garden she loved.  She told me it was a wildflower English garden.  I thought it was an overgrown garden! Smile

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The adjacent house had it’s own fuel bowser.

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You’re starting to show your age when you remember using one of these.  I must be ancient!

Jan managed to menace some readies from the hole in the wall so we decided to have lunch at the the pub.  Two meals for £12.  Big mistake.  The food was fresh and hot but the servings were tiny!

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Market Bosworth village square

We wandered back to Waiouru and a boat passed by just as we were unlocking the cabin.  The steerer of nb Centurion mentioned he reads our blog.  In the mad scramble to find a camera I forgot to ask his name.  Thank you blog reader!

P1030122We decided to look for another quiet rural mooring and headed north.  The bottom of the canal started to get very close to the top on the northern side of Market Bosworth and then we reached an area designated as a SSSI (special site of significant interest).  The flora and fauna in this area are of special interest.  I was actually more interested to discover the water was much deeper.  There’s an idea somewhere amongst that!

At one point the canal passed through a rather attractive area with woodland on either side.

P1030127And then in the distance I could see movement under a bridge.  As we got closer I could see a temporary sign on the towpath.

P1030112A Waterways Recovery Group (WRG) were enthusiastically removing old mortar from the tiers of bricks under the bridge arch.

P1030114I love manual labour and can watch it all day! Smile

We found another peaceful and solo mooring around 4pm. 

Oh,  that old arm at Hinckley.  Geoff (nb Seyella).  Left a link to some further information <here>.

Geoff….. your comment again went to spam!

1 comment :

Andy Healey said...

Tom, That was me, name of Andy.Occasional blogger on our Shared Ownership Narrowboat http://andystr7blog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/august-2016-cruise.html