Not long now before we are off the Oxford canal and on to the Coventry canal again. We realised we wouldn’t be meeting with NBPetroc again as they were stopping at the places we did and therefore were about 2 days behind us. Their winter mooring is at Clifton cruisers which is just along from Hillmorton. I’m quite good now at doing jobs whilst on the move (also lovely and warm). I made a cake, Sunday dinner, and swept up. This time of the year the towpaths are full of leaves and mud so alot gets trodden in if not careful. We found a nice spot just past All Oaks wood, and dinner was almost ready by the time we moored. Rugby on TV this afternoon so a restful one. Apart from when fuel boat Auriga passed by and we flagged him down for a replacement gas bottle. We didn’t need diesel or coal, but probably will see him again on our travels along the Coventry as this is his patch. By the time evening came we had quite a few boats moored with us.
Today we set off again. I walked Izzy as it wasn’t far to the swing bridge (maybe half a mile), at Stretton. I had the washing machine going again so we decided to stop for water at Rose narrowboat hire as it was quiet. Looks like alot of their boats are back at base.
As I approached the bridge one of the workers there swung it open for us and told me to leave it open as he would close it again. Back on board after filling up it was time for coffee. Although a boat moored ahead was keen to pull off in front of us.
This little stretch runs alongside the railway tracks and this time I was quick with the camera.
My turn at the tiller for a while whilst Charlie made the coffee. A hire boat went past me at quite a pace but otherwise non eventful. The banks are looking very autumnal now. Doesn’t seem that long ago that I was posting spring flowers.
The M6 is also very close by, and Charlie managed to get a shot of one of the signs. I know which mode of transport I prefer.
I prepared dinner once again as we approached Hawkesbury junction. Just one stop lock here. This once acted as a toll area between the canal companies. A pub “The Greyhound” is here, and we had a Sunday lunch here back in January 2012, on our second narrowboat holiday.
We stopped at the sani station to empty a cassette and get rid of rubbish.
We have now moored facing toward Coventry. The first mooring we tried turned out not to be, so I moved along a bit further as many boats here. I didn’t see a piece of piling sticking out, and one of the rear fenders got caught, broke off and sunk. Charlie was on the bank and I had to tell him the bad news! Luckily he didn’t make much of it (must have got him on a good day!). There is a fishing tackle shop nearby, so I think we may be going there tomorrow. We hope to moor in Coventry basin midweek for a couple of days so we can explore Coventry. There is now a hireboat company in the basin, and it has also been designated for winter mooring permits; so just hoping we will be lucky. The last time we were here in 2012 it was icy and also the basin was empty.
Hillmorton to All Oaks corner 6.79miles 3hrs 15mins 0 locks
All Oaks corner to Hawkesbury junction 8.14miles 4hrs 20mins 1 stop lock