Back at Hawkesbury junction

A few  pictures of Coventry basin before we departed on Thursday. One nice thing noticed whilst we were there were trips of school children being taught the history of the canals; and also given the opportunity to try fishing with the local tackle shop preparing rods for them. Lets hope this will encourage a new generation to enjoy the canals and discourage graffiti and rubbish being thrown into the canal (alot along this stretch).

Breakaway on the left in Coventry basin

Breakaway on the left in Coventry basin

Statue of James Brindley keeping watch over the basin

Statue of James Brindley keeping watch over the basin

Mosaic by a local artist depicting the basin and it's history. Luckily not vandalised with graffiti

Mosaic by a local artist depicting the basin and it’s history. Luckily not vandalised with graffiti

The square with 2 vaults in the background that were used for storing and drying coal

The square with 2 vaults in the background that were used for storing and drying coal

Old wharf buildings with the hire boat company (Valley cruises) boats in the foreground

Old wharf buildings with the hire boat company (Valley cruises) boats in the foreground

Extension of the wharf buildings

Extension of the wharf buildings

Bridge 1 that takes you into the basin (view on leaving; shame about the graffiti). Apparently according to the information board it is the smallest bridge on the canal system. It has no tow path, which was for security; and boats were allowed a certain time to load/unload in the day. If they didn't meet the time frame then the canal company made them leave and moor outside only to return the next day.

Bridge 1 that takes you into the basin (view on leaving; shame about the graffiti). Apparently according to the information board it is the smallest bridge on the canal system. It has no tow path, which was for security; and boats were allowed a certain time to load/unload in the day. If they didn’t meet the time frame then the canal company made them leave and moor outside only to return the next day.

Final picture I couldn’t resist (for all my cornish readers!). It was a street opposite the basin

Links to St Columb??

Links to St Columb??

We stopped by the retail park near the Ricoh arena. Last time we were here there was just Tesco with a few other outlets. Now this has been extended along to incorporate M&S, Next, Boots a pet shop, and a sports shop. Anyway I needed a top up shop and Tesco being so close seemed a shame not to do it here. A huge Tesco express with everything in it you could want and more. I had to shop methodically to cover all the aisles, but managed to get everything on my list eventually (thank goodness for my rolls royce trolley!). We stayed here overnight, but the next morning the bakery smell was a little too tempting so we moved again back to Hawkesbury junction., with the plan to stay a couple of days as weather forecast not so good for Saturday. And we are near to facilities should we need cassette emptying and water topping up. Only thing is we need to keep an eye on the battery level if no sunshine! We have 7 weeks till the boat is booked in at Streethay Wharf for it’s painting, so we can really slow down and stay on this stretch of canal until that time comes.

Coventry basin to Tesco (arena park Bridge 8)                                                   3.88miles   0 locks

Tesco to Hawkesbury junction                                                                                      1.68miles  50mins  0 locks

 

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