We were off again at 08.30am to crack on with todays cruise. It started off quietly, but soon we were meeting lots of boats going in the opposite direction. There was only one boat behind us that stayed with us nearly all the way. They passed us after we had moored before Hillmorton locks and thanked us for our sensible cruising speed especially through the tunnel.
We have passed under the M6 and travelled almost parallel with the railway line, with Virgin trains thundering by. We had to wait to go through the Newbold tunnel as there was a boat coming through.
We last came this way in 2011 on a hire boat (but going in the opposite direction), but we have to say we don’t remember any bit of it. We cruised past Rugby (maybe a stop on the way back); and the place where we did our helmsmans course also in 2011.
There are many of these little arms along the route which shows the original course of the canal, and all have this wrought ironwork on the top. We will be up early tomorrow to do Hillmorton locks as one of the top locks is closed and things have been very busy today with boats queueing. They are double locks so usually 2 boats can go through at the same time. We have met these before on the T&M. We want to get to Napton junction tomorrow if possible.