Getting closer to home.

Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
Trip End Oct 31, 2012

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Coventry Canal on board Charis

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday 25th - Atherstone - Warwickshire
5 miles
11 locks

We decided yesterday that we needed a rest so we moved from the towpath just below the M54 and onto the visitors mooring at Polesworth, a distance of about 1 mile and stayed put. We did top up the batteries but needed more de-ionised water which entailed a bit of a traipse round the shops in Polesworth. The garage didn't have any so I tried all the general shops and various other 'might do' shops, to no avail. Was walking back to the boat and passed a Premier Convenience/off licence shop and dismissed it but then decided to try it and BINGO. I bought their last 3 litres. It did enable me to have a look around this interesting market town which feels like a large village. It has at least 5 takeaways, 4 pubs, a firestation, police station and various other interesting little businesses including a tackle shop and a gift shop. The River Anker runs through the town and is quite impressive to look at. Polesworth also has the remains of a 10C abbey and other interesting looking buildings. The abbey was founded in 827 by King Egbert with his daughter Editha as abbess. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the lands of the abbey were granted to Francis Goodere by the crown who used the stones of the abbey to build a manor house, Polesworth Hall. The gatehouse of the abbey remains and there are tours arranged on Saturday mornings to view the interior. I would have loved to have a look inside but we needed to get off fairly early today. The moorings at Polesworth are very good. The visitor moorings were full with 6 boats and another 7 were moored up before and after them.

We set off this morning in lovely sunshine and got through the 11 Atherstone locks in two and a half hours. The locks are grouped together in 2's or 3's and were quite easy to manage and very pretty to travel through. About 20 minutes after we'd moored a storm started. It didn't last long but at least we avoided getting wet.

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