Well, it did chill down a tad. From around 30 degrees to 22-25? I still got a bit singed on the back of the boat. Viv drove through Hilmorton’s three locks and then we tied up, took on water and then went to the twee cafe for lunch. On our return we chugged the 48 minutes further on to the visitor moorings at Rugby – the town is actually a fair way off but the shopping centre is nearby – so a Tesco shop is in order.
Sheep on the bridge
Steve works the locks
Hilmorton VM where we take on water at a very slow water point.
The inside of Canal Chef – a very quirky little canalside cafe, full of canal memorabilia.
After stuffing ourselves with 8 oz burgers, chips, jacket potatoes & beans (and beer), we staggered back to the boat and wearily did the last stretch to Rugby.
There’s a big building programme, where they are putting in a road bridge to lead to a huge housing estate that runs all the way along the canal right back to Hilmorton.
Extremely busy moorings here – despite CRT putting in dozens of new mooring rings. It was stuffed but we found one spot, opposite the water point. Noisy but we can cope for one night.
Meanwhile, I took the dog for a walk along the old disused Brownsover arm. Quite a surprise – it went on for miles and passed by a hotel and Swift Valley park – a hidden gem.